"NAFLD Is A Fatty Liver Disease That Can Be Caused By Exposure To Second Hand Smoke"
NAFLD-Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is fatty inflammation of the liver when it is not due to excessive alcohol use.
It affects 30% of the adult population and the majority of obese individuals.
This disease generally causes no signs and symptoms and no complications. However, in some people the fat that accumulates can cause serious complications such as:
- Chronic Inflammation
- Fibrosis of the liver
If it is allowed to progress, it can lead to cirrhosis, a condition in which the liver is severely scarred, its blood flow is restricted, and its ability to function is impaired.
Cirrhosis can lead to a number of complications, including liver cancer. In some people, the symptoms of cirrhosis may be the first signs of liver disease such as NAFLD.
NAFLD is not just a disease of the middle-aged or elderly, but is increasingly found in children and teenagers. Unfortunately in this age group it may progress to cirrhosis rather quickly.
Researchers say as many as 6 million U.S. children have the condition.
It is becoming more common among overweight children and is associated with type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, which puts children at risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Some researchers consider the disorders which increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke to be the determining factor behind development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Factors That Could Lead To This Disease Are:
This disease can take several forms from harmless to life-threatening, they include:
- Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver It's not normal for fat to build up in your liver, but it won't necessarily hurt you. At its simplest form, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can cause excess liver fat, but no complications.
- NASH Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis In a small number of people with fatty liver, the fat causes inflammation in the liver. This can impair the liver's ability to function and is a major cause of cirrhosis.
- Cirrhosis is liver inflammation. It leads to scarring of the liver tissue. With time, scarring can become so severe that the liver no longer functions adequately and it leads to liver failure.
NAFLD can develop from second-hand smoke.
According to researchers from University of California, Riverside, passive smoke is linked to respiratory ailments such as asthma , and now is found to harm the liver and eventually lead to liver dysfunction by causing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
A New Research Study To Prove Whether Omega 3 Fish Oil Is An Appropriate Deterant To Fatty Liver Disease.
Researchers are asking the question: Does treatment with purified long chain n-3 fatty acids (purified fish oil) improve non alcoholic fatty liver disease, and risk factors for heart disease and type 2 (adult) diabetes that are strongly linked to this liver condition?
Presently there is no treatment for this liver condition.
However, research evidence suggests that omega 3 fish oil might be beneficial for this condition.
If you have this disease, the most important thing is to focus on what has led to it.
Lose Weight Slowly , this may reduce the amount of fat in your liver.
Losing weight quickly may make it worse.
If your cholesterol and sugar levels are high, you need to get them in check.
Usually, there are no symptoms during the early stages of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
However, people may experience symptoms like:
- And Mild Abdominal Pain (in upper right side)
Common Symptoms Experienced During Advanced Stage Of NAFLD:
Researchers from University of California, San Diego Have Revealed That Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Is An Inherited Disease.
- Loss of Appetite
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Weight Loss without any known cause
- Easily Bruising
- Appearance of Small Veins Under the Skin
- Bleeding engorged esophageal or intestinal veins
- Lack of Sex Desire
- Retention of Fluid in abdomen
- Swollen Feet and Legs
- Intense Itching of Hands, Legs or Entire Body
Family members of children diagnosed with this disease should be considered at high risk for the disease and tested for it as part of a routine medical examination, even if they don’t show symptoms, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
“As we suspected, NAFLD is not simply about weight, but rather is highly familial and likely genetic,” said principal investigator Jeffrey B. Schwimmer, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Fatty Liver Clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.
The researchers recommend that if one family member tests positive for this disease, other family members should talk to their doctors immediately.
Early detection could catch the disease at a stage where it is reversible and further complications may be prevented before cirrhosis sets in.
In children, NAFLD is a major risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Non Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis---NASH
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