Tag: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

A ‘cure’ for type 2 diabetes: Dr Jason Fung’s 2 easy steps

sugarAre you a type 2 diabetic, pre-diabetic or have a family history of diabetes? If so, this is one of the most important blogs you’ll ever read. It’s by Canadian nephrologist Dr Jason Fung. He doesn’t tell patients that type 2 diabetes is chronic, progressive and incurable. He says that’s actually a ‘big, fat lie’.

Fung had a Damascene moment a few years ago. He realised he was giving his diabetic, obese patients the wrong treatment. He was prescribing insulin according to orthodox medical protocols. He was making his patients fatter and sicker.

Low-carb for fatty liver? No-brainer! says cardiologist

LIVER BRAINIt’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?


Tim NoakesDOCTORS often terrify patients out of their wits for no good reason, says University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes. It’s not because doctors are bad people. They just aren’t all that jacked up on science, says Noakes, a world-renowned scientist. They don’t know how to tell relative from absolute risk. 

Many doctors don’t know that they don’t know vital information about heart disease. That for many patients it’s not their tickers but their livers that are the problem. In other words, ‘it’s the fatty liver disease, stupid’, says Noakes.

Harsh? Yes. True? Well, it forms part of the Health Professions Council of SA’s hearing against him. So, take a look at the science he presents below and make up your own mind. This is the second of a two-part series covering Noakes’s evidence. – Marika Sboros

By Tim Noakes

Perhaps the most abused term in medicine is “risk factors” for the reason that few truly …