Health: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Self-tutoring about health: the tutor mentions nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Although many North Americans make a point of eating very healthfully, the North American culture is well-populated with soft drinks, sugary snacks, and sweetened breakfast cereals.

There are two kinds of fatty liver disease: alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Most people are probably aware that alcohol can threaten the liver. However, compared with alcoholic, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is more common in the US: about 25 percent of Americans have it.

As I understand, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease happens as follows: When you eat more sugar than your body can metabolize, the excess is turned to fat, some of which is stored in the liver. When the fat so-deposited in the liver reaches a certain critical amount, you have fatty liver disease. In some people, fatty liver disease can eventually lead to cirrhosis.

So, apparently, eating too much sugar can be as hazardous to the liver as drinking too much alcohol. Interesting, eh?


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