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NAFLD and NASH Diseases
Do you know what NAFLD is? NAFLD stands for Non-Alcohol Fatty Liver Disease and It is an umbrella term for a range of liver conditions affecting people who drink little to no alcohol. The main characteristic of NAFLD is too much fat stored in your liver cells.
NAFLD is not commonly known even though about 25% of the US population has it and it is a risk factor of a number of even worse illnesses / diseases. There are not many symptoms and it is not usually found during physicals or other medical examinations. Sometimes it is seen in the background of other ultrasounds or MRI’s and caught that way.
NASH is an aggressive form of NAFLD and results in damage similar to the liver disease caused by heavy alcohol use. The best ways to reduce your risk of developing NAFLD and NASH is to eat a healthy diet and exercise.
The Mediterranean Diet in particular is recommended by most health professionals for NAFLD, NASH, and many other diseases. I’ve talked about the Med Diet in previous podcasts that you can find in the archives.