It’s a killer disease you can’t catch even as its tentacles spread across the globe. It is called NAFLD – non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. That distinguishes it from liver damage from bingeing on alcohol, but it is just as deadly. NAFLD affects hearts as well as livers. It affects children as well as adults, thin people as well as those who are overweight. Here, top Iceland cardiologist Dr Axel Sigurdsson gives the science to show why low-carb makes sense to treat NAFLD, and why it really should be a no-brainer. – Marika Sboros
By Axel Sigurdsson*
About 30% of people in the US have a disease characterised by abnormal deposits of fat in the liver. The disease is not contagious, and unlike many other disorders of the liver, it is not caused by overconsumption of alcohol. It is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and has become the leading cause of chronic liver disease in many countries around the world.
It is normal to have fat in the liver. However, if the amount of fat is more than 5-10% of the weight of the liver, fatty liver disease is probably present. But why is having much fat in the liver a bad thing?