Central to blood glucose levels, fat, protein metabolism and synthesis, it clears up your body for you and interacts with all other organs, just a few of over 500 functions. Everything you consume is processed in some way by it – EVERYTHING! but because it does not complain or give us warnings until the damage is great. we ignore it.
Today it’s getting its own back
Liver disease is a growing epidemic throughout the world in healthcare and is now the third largest cause of early death and fifth largest overall cause of death in the UK. Add to that those who die of liver related conditions – Heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) then you can understand how the National Health Service is being swamped by illnesses that can be prevented with a little earlier knowledge and choice of a better option.
Whether you work hard, play hard or just enjoy life, what we choose to put in our body has an effect
Making the choice to exercise for some is to balance the effects of a hardworking, social culture where evenings drinking or being entertained as part of our working lives is normal. For some poor lifestyle options are not options they are the only choice they have – fast food is always the cheaper option and therefore the only affordable choice for many and their families.
We are all aware that alcohol can cause damage to the liver over time. If we don’t get out liver checked, how do we know what our timeline is?
Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver (NAFLD) is one of the world’s fastest growing conditions and now the biggest reason for liver transplants in the UK (not alcohol!) NAFLD is heavily driven by obesity, but your biggest cause of death will not be from the liver but from the heart disease or T2DM it is related to.
Being larger does not necessarily mean you have NAFLD but approximately 70% will. Similarly, exercising does not mean you won’t have NAFLD – if you get the choice to replace those calories with high sugar, fatty foods, regular alcohol or healthy options which do you choose?
Many other factors do influence our liver health including genetics. You can be larger and healthy but NAFLD is inclusive of everyone and you can drive it or prevent it – a choice.
Taking control of lifestyles to be fitter and eat better is a way forward but it does not always mean that we are healthier on the inside or have to be perfect.
Being able to alter your diet options if the liver has excess fat; to reduce your cardiac and T2DM risks become manageable lifestyle options and choices. Locating stiffness that can be reversed for many if you stop the cause, without knowing you don’t get that choice.