Thursday, December 13, 2012

NAFLD: A Not so Benign Complication of Metabolic Syndrome


What in the world does NAFLD stand for? It stands for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and you can read more about it HERE. When I sent yesterday's blog post out I stated that Metabolic Syndrome is more than just a belly that won't go away.

As the article states, most people know that drug and alcohol abuse can damage the liver. What most of us don't know is that what I view as "Lifestyle Abuse" AKA poor food choices, too many calories and lack of activity can also damage the liver. I sadly, have heard of people who have not yet reached their middle years being diagnosed with fatty liver.

The bottom line is that our Standard American Diet and lack of daily activity are slowly but surely killing us and this is another form of proof. The article doesn't say a lot about activity but getting more active is one of the "prescriptions" for reversing insulin resistance, which is a hallmark of Metabolic Syndrome. This is why I mention it.

Do note that the article mentions that an early symptom of NAFLD is weight loss. Early symptoms, as with other inflammatory driven health issues, are rare.

You might be wondering why I'm connecting this problem to Metabolic Syndrome when the article doesn't. Truthfully they may be more like parallel playmates than big and little sisters. The bottom line  however is that they are both firmly rooted in lifestyle choices - choices we can control.

There's more info about Metabolic Syndrome in THIS blog post.

Your challenge for today is to think about your choices. Are you aware of them or do you sort of roll with the "same old same old." If so, why do you think that is?

 

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