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Sweets top Christmas wish list – so Christmas bothers the liver – MEDIZIN ASPECTS

The argument that weight gain is genetically conditioned in winter is heard over and over – but it's a legend. Our ancestors had to intentionally start with a few extra pounds during the winter, as their food supply was lower with ice and snow. Today, this problem is gone, on the contrary: Supermarkets and discounters are increasing their product supply long before Advent: Christmas cake, roast goose, stolen wines, boiled wine and various seasonal sweets expand the food supply. At the same time, sports activities in the winter months, and especially at Christmas time for many people. The result is weight gain of up to 0.9 kilograms, which has been proven in various studies.

"Some people consume as much as 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone, which is three times the recommended daily intake, and it puts a particular strain on our vital metabolic organ," the professor explains. Michael P. Manns, president of the German Liver Foundation, adds: "There are people who no longer know what normal serving is. They can no longer distinguish hunger from appetite and are increasing – this problem is not just during the holidays. Obesity is one of the main causes of non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases, the most common liver disease in Germany.The fatty liver can be inflamed (fatty liver hepatitis), and chronic liver inflammation can lead to liver fibrosis (connective tissue proliferation) which can lead to liver cirrhosis (liver scarring). liver leads to an increased risk of liver cancer ".

Even if it is still tempting to many to spend their entire vacation in front of the television and at the lavishly decorated table, there is another way: A shared Christmas walk is a balancing act after a rich feast that brings circulation and communication promotes. They also use many holidays to finally fall asleep, so it's a good idea, for example, to skip breakfast and save calories one meal.

Liver expert Professor Manns deliberately points to another period of the year that is at least as crucial to the development of obesity and associated liver disease: "There are also more than 350 days between New Year and Christmas, which grow in unhealthy children and adults food in Germany and, at the same time, too little to move about. Also here, a reassessment is required. "Every adult can act independently and have the opportunity to eat healthily every day and, if possible, to give up alcohol. Whether it's a vacation, a family party, a company party, or anything else. Proper nutrition, which consistently and in the long term involves reducing your carbohydrate, saturated fat, and fructose intake and overall calorie intake, can prevent fatty liver. So there is no increased fat deposition in the liver cells and no fatty liver formation.

According to the Deloitte Christmas Survey 2019, the third place on this year's wishlist includes books for both women and men. "My gift of advice is the Liver Book of the German Liver Foundation," says Professor Manns. "A comprehensible and colorful book explains the vital tasks of the liver. It provides comprehensive and general information about the liver, liver diseases, their diagnoses and therapies. Reading can be an incentive to change your lifestyle and help pay more attention to the vital organ."

German Liver Foundation
The German Liver Foundation deals with liver disease, liver disease and their treatment. It aims to improve patient care. Through intensive public relations, the foundation increases public awareness of liver disease so that it can be detected and cured earlier. The German Liver Foundation also provides information and advice to patients and relatives, as well as doctors and pharmacists in medical matters. The Foundation fulfills these tasks very successfully.
Further information:

NEW: Restart the Deutsche Leberstiftung website – important basic information, extensive service and media information / images on the newly designed website for the affected and relatives, professionals and media representatives.

BOOK TIP: The "Liver Book" of the German Liver Foundation provides comprehensive and generally understandable information about liver, liver disease, their diagnoses and therapies – now in its third, updated and expanded edition! "The Liver Book" is available in bookstores: ISBN 978-3-89993-899-9, $ 16.99.
Further information:

German Liver Foundation
Bianka Wiebner
Carl-Neuberg-Strasse 1
30625 Hanover
Tel 0511 – 532 6815
Fax 0511 – 532 6820

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