One in four people in the United States are walking around with a disease they may never have even heard of… but it could kill them!
At this very minute, you or someone you know could be at risk.
That’s because the rates of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are steadily rising.
Well, we can lay that problem at the feet of the obesity epidemic that has been growing like gangbusters over the past decades.
As we put on fat, so do our livers…
And according to a new study, even a little fat in your liver raises your risk of death.
Earlier research had already proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFLD) and advanced fibrosis — a fancy term for scarring on the liver — or cirrhosis were at increased risk of dying.
Yet, no one realized that even mild fatty liver disease is linked to higher mortality.
That’s all changed now…
In the new study, researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Massachusetts General Hospital matched a whopping 10,568 people with biopsy-confirmed fatty liver disease to healthy people in the general population.
And they found that all stages of NAFLD were associated with excess mortality risk, even the very earliest stages of disease.
This means that even if your liver fat has just begun to accumulate, you’re already at risk!
And while the specific number varied based on disease severity, (with the highest risk of death found in patients with NAFLD plus cirrhosis) the increased mortality risk for anyone with NAFLD (regardless of severity) isn’t pretty.
The researchers determined that anyone with fatty liver has an absolutely frightening 93 percent increased risk of all-cause mortality — that means death from any cause.
Let me say that again…
Any level of fatty liver disease raises your risk of death from any cause by 93 percent.
I don’t know about you, but just reading that statistic made me want to put my liver on a diet and sign it up for aerobics class…
So, what’s the answer?
Is there a way to help your liver stay slim?
Joking aside, your liver can’t get out there and run a mile on its own. Luckily, there are a few things that are within your control.
#1 — Slim your body to slim your liver
First of all, a healthier weight means a healthier liver. So, your focus needs to be on taking and keeping off any extra pounds of fat that could bulk up the organ.
#2 — Support with supplements
Certain supplements have been shown to support a healthy liver with less fat. These include:
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) — A powerhouse antioxidant that keeps your liver running strong to help ward off the accumulation of the fats that lead to fatty liver disease.
- Turmeric — A 4,000-year-old Indian herb known for protecting your liver from oxidative stress and promoting healthy function.
- Schisandra — An ancient Chinese herb, Schisandra promotes healthy liver function by activating enzymes in your liver cells that produce glutathione — the master antioxidant that detoxifies your whole body and recycles vitamins C and E, so they can protect your cells from free radicals
#3 — Stay active
According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise should be part of your plan for maintaining a healthy, fat-free liver. But be sure to check with your doctor before starting any physical activity if you’ve been a couch potato up until now.
#4 — Eat a liver-healthy diet
The Mayo Clinic also recommends following a healthy plant-based diet with a focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.
#5 — Add probiotics
Finally, be sure to repopulate your gut with healthy probiotic bacteria. Studies have concluded that they support healthy weight reduction and improve liver function.
With any level of fatty liver carrying a 93 percent higher risk of death, it’s never been more important to use the tips above to keep your liver healthy. So, even if you can’t put your liver itself on a diet, you can help it stay fat-free.