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Health Hack with @amysfitnessandnutrition

There’s a serious underlying disease that could be affecting quite a few of us. Fatty liver disease. Specifically, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Not that sexy a topic but it could be affecting up to 30% of us.

Have you heard of it? Have you got it? If statistics are accurate 1 in 3 of you reading this might have it and not even know.

The top line causes of Fatty Liver Disease? - Obesity - Type 2 Diabetes - Insulin Resistance - High Cholesterol - Metabolic Syndrome

Research from the University of Otago Edgar Diabetes & Obesity Research shows some worrying trends from as far back as 2009. Obesity dramatically increased in NZ between - 1997 & 2008/09, from 17% to 27.7% in males & from 20.6% to 27.8% in females. Being obese or overweight is the main precursor in the development of a fatty liver. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease now affects up to 30% of adults in Western Countries. They reckon this could be as high as 50% by 2030.

More intrinsically excess sugar consumption is very closely linked to the development of fatty liver disease.

And it’s no walk in the park. The liver is the second largest organ in the body. If it’s not happy you’ll feel it. Usually in the form of a swollen abdomen and ankles to name just a couple of the plethora of symptoms.

The only known cure as it stands? To address the lifestyle factors causing the disease in the first place. The good news is that fatty liver disease is 100% reversible. The liver is an incredible organ that can repair itself if you let it.

Make Efforts To: - Eat well - Exercise Regularly - Lose Weight - Cut out processed food - Follow a Mediterranean style of eating

I’ve seen first hand this disease be reversed through lifestyle changes.

Have you been tested for Fatty Liver Disease? Are you concerned? Let me know if you have any questions at all, and it could be worth asking your doctor if you’re concerned.

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