Liver-Healthy Lifestyle

Lifestyle Is a Major Factor

More and more studies show that fatty liver disease is closely linked to the quality of lifestyle. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of death in liver patients as well as improve their life quality and disease prognosis—up to the reversal of liver disease depending on the disease stage. Healthy nutrition is a critical element of any lifestyle changes, that can help to prevent or even reverse liver disease. Currently, there is no approved pharmacologic treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Lifestyle and diet modifications are suggested as the only effective treatment for NAFLD.

A low-quality diet and high consumption of foods containing saturated fat and processed meat are shared risk factors for the development of NAFLD, metabolic disorders , , , as well as for cardiovascular and all-causes mortality , , confirming the complex interconnection between diet, metabolism, metabolic liver diseases, and the cardiovascular system. By contrast, a correct lifestyle and healthy diet based on both increased physical activity and a higher consumption of fruits and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of NAFLD development.

The Link Between Nutrition and Liver Disease

97% of physicians and liver health experts rank nutrition as the most important factor for liver health, followed by exercise and regular medical check-ups 97% of physicians and liver health experts rank nutrition as the most important factor for liver health, followed by exercise and regular medical check-ups

Also, the World Health Organization has recently emphasized the importance of nutrition pointing out that those who eat healthier tend to have stronger immune systems and “are at lower risk of developing chronic illnesses and infectious diseases”.

The link between nutrition and liver health is well established by the numerous research —healthy nutrition is considered the primary instrument, along with radical lifestyle changes, that can help prevent or even treat liver disease in some cases.

Specifically, healthy nutrition can:

  • Help the liver regenerate and repair damaged cells.
  • Lower the risk of developing diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and eventually—fatty liver disease.
  • In some cases, prevent liver disease progression and improve the overall quality of life.
  • Improve liver fat metabolism, decrease inflammation, improve weight loss, and balance blood sugar.

An unhealthy diet on the other hand can lead to diabetes and obesity—the major risk factors of fatty liver disease—and lead to other severe medical complications.

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