Washington Post: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can kill even children

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Fatty liver has become one of the most serious medical problems among modern people, even children today are exposed to such obesity.

Scientists state that that in Russia (as well as throughout the world) the number of people suffering from such pathologies as NAFLD, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, has increased. Researchers associate this increase in cases of the disease with the spread of obesity as such. An obese person cannot have a healthy liver; fatty deposits will also accumulate in it.

Fatty liver is closely related to other pathologies. If it occurs, it can over time contribute to the appearance of dangerous changes in the condition of the organ, or, for example, cause diabetes.

“According to various sources in Russia, from 25 to 37% of people live with fatty liver. It can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, a fatal disease. But even if it doesn’t come to this, fatty liver disease can lead to metabolic disorders, changes in blood composition, hypertension, and diabetes,” KP informed.
US nutritionist Christine Kirkpatrick, who has long studied the problem of fatty liver, said in an interview that the development of NAFLD often occurs under stressful living conditions – for example, lack of sleep contributes to this.

“There are many studies showing that short poor-quality sleep is associated with weight gain, increased hunger and sudden jumps in blood sugar,” stated the nutritionist
Kirkpatrick added that the main risk factor for fatty liver disease is insulin resistance, a disorder in which the body's cells become less sensitive to the hormone insulin. Very often, insulin resistance develops due to an unhealthy diet: abuse of foods that increase blood sugar levels.

In turn, the Washington Post published data that teenagers have recently become increasingly susceptible to fatty liver disease – in this experts also see the impact of unhealthy lifestyles and unbalanced diets leading to weight gain.

“In the United States, the number of children and adolescents diagnosed with NAFLD has doubled over the past five years. This disease can even appear in the fetus in the womb if she is obese or eats too much sugar and junk food during pregnancy,” reported the Washington Post.
Experts note that children with NAFLD may experience shortness of breath during physical activity. stress, as well as weakness and rapid fatigue, pain in the abdomen (upper right part). Yellowing of the skin or eyes is also possible.

Experts emphasized that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a dangerous pathology that can kill even children.

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