The Liver and Covid-19 2020-06-11T16:00:13+01:00

The Liver and Covid-19

In the current COVID-19 pandemic a lot has been written and said about those who appear most at risk and the several risk factors which make us more susceptible to the virus and its serious effects.

Having a healthy liver is very important and COVID-19 has posed many questions on its effect both on and from the liver. Several conditions have been identified that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 which are Type 2 Diabetes, High blood pressure, High Cholesterol and Cardiovascular disease.

In many patients these diseases are part of a series of related diseases which are Cardiometabolic, which are also related to having a high liver fat content – high liver fat is NOT normal and is a LIVER DISEASE which you can change.

Unfortunately, most do not know they have excess fat in the liver and therefore do not know they have a risk of severe COVID-19. Many will look well; some will have a normal weight, and many will have no known underlying health condition.

High liver fat can be developed from many sources including too much food, high fat/sugar intake, high alcohol intake (alcohol has a high sugar content), not enough exercise and some medications that you may be prescribed from your Doctor.

The Ethnic disparity of those who have high liver fat places some at greater risks than others.

Where no alcohol is involved then this is currently called NAFLD – non-alcoholic liver disease – or in a more serious form NASH – non-alcoholic steatosis.

If you have any of these conditions, then you may have high liver fat. Find out now and make your liver healthier.

Leading liver organisations, from both Europe and America, identified early on in the pandemic that patients with NAFLD/NASH were at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to the related conditions of  Diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. These ones were fortunate to have been located and diagnosed and received help and advice to improve their LIVER and in many the other conditions.

“Emerging data suggest that patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may be at higher risk for severe COVID-19. It is unclear if the risk is specific to NAFLD or to coexisting metabolic risk factors such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and obesity, which are known to be associated with COVID-19 severity.”

ASSLD 2020

In the UK, it is estimated by the Office of National Statistics that there are 14 million people with NAFLD with only a very few diagnosed.

It is also currently unclear if NAFLD may be the one of the reasons that these coexisting metabolic conditions are related to severity. If you have COVID-19 and Type 2 Diabetes, you have two conditions.But if you also have undiagnosed NAFLD/NASH, you actually have three conditions and are consequently at higher risk.

In the USA, it is estimated that there are 100 million people with NAFLD, with only a very few diagnosed.

With an estimated 24% of the world population with NAFLD, this could mean that a large number of people are at risk of severe COVID-19

The LIVER is one of your most essential organs but liver health may just matter more now than it ever has. Your LIVER is a first responder organ to fight viruses and keep your immune system on top of its game.

Getting and keeping your LIVER healthy can reduce the risks of these other coexisting conditions and may assist in dealing with COVID-19.

During this period of isolation, it is important to maintain a healthy diet, some exercise – outdoors if you can, and if not there are some great ways to do this indoors online.

For those with NAFLD/NASH, 5%-10% weight loss is associated with improved liver health.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

to your liver health
even in these difficult times

Stay safe and keep your liver healthy