Fatty liver disease is an accumulation of fat cells in the liver. There are several factors that contribute to fatty liver disease. The Fitness Zone website claims that "in some people, fatty liver develops from certain diseases such as diabetes, obesity or high triglycerides." Malnutrition, alcohol abuse and rapid weight loss can also lead to fatty liver disease. According to an article from the American Cancer Institute, "Studies show that 70% of people with diabetes can have fatty liver disease." Although real fat cells cannot be eliminated, some dietary changes can help reduce the fat stored in the cells and keep fatty liver disease under control.
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The accumulation of fat in the liver can be caused by many things. Obesity is the most common condition in which the fatty liver is observed as well as diabetes. The fatty liver is also associated with high alcohol consumption and high triglyceride levels. Some diseases, such as tuberculosis, can also cause fat accumulation in the liver.
Prevention / Solution
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There are three important areas that require attention in the treatment of fatty liver disease. These areas control or reduce weight, proper nutrition, and physical activity. The most important factor in reducing liver fat is weight loss. Reducing the amount of starchy foods and bad fats can help your weight and your liver.
Low glycemic index foods
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The decrease in insulin resistance has shown great promise in the treatment of fatty liver disease. A low glycemic index diet can help reduce insulin resistance. Low glycemic foods are foods that do not cause a rapid rise in sugar levels after eating. Foods low in the glycemic index usually contain complex carbohydrates, such as wholemeal bread and pasta, most vegetables, fruits and legumes.
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A liver cleansing diet can also help with fatty liver disease. Foods recommended for a liver cleansing diet are also many of the same foods found in a low glycemic diet. Foods recommended for liver detoxification include spinach, watercress, beans, fish, free-range poultry, and soy or rice milk instead of milk.
Other liver assistants
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In addition to these foods, there are also some non-nutrients that are worth mentioning for their beneficial effects on fatty liver disease. L-carnitine, a vitamin-like substance, helps the liver release fat and convert it into energy. L-carnitine comes from foods and can be produced by the body. A supplement can also be taken.
An herb called thistle is also known to help the liver. It can stimulate and protect the production of new cells in the liver. Dandelion and southern ginseng are other herbs that can support a fatty liver.