Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

There is very little knowledge among the public about Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD); the accumulation of liver fat in people who drink little or no alcohol. There is growing evidence to implicate pesticides as one of the contributing factors.

Sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup may be a major contributor as well.  This consumption would come in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages and pre-packaged foods.  The U.S. per capita consumption of high fructose corn syrup amounted to 41.4 pounds in 2016.  Supposedly Fructose is cleared from the liver.

NAFLD often has no symptoms until it is too late, and takes years to progress.  This is another dirty little secret being kept from the public, and it is a global epidemic.  NAFLD is initially suspected if blood tests show high levels of liver enzymes.   Few doctors are talking about this disease, or are even aware of it.  NAFLD affects up to 25% of people in the United States.  There are no medical treatments yet for NAFLD.  However, eating a healthy diet, and exercising can help to abate the progression.

Sadly, the prediction is that this disease will increase by perhaps 50 percent within next 12 to 20 years leading to MANY deaths.  Consider how many children today graze on sweetened drinks, and fast food.  Consider how many people are exposed to pesticides on a daily basis.  Consider what all this means for the future.

 

 

 

 

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