The Liver - Your Body's Powerhouse
Research has shown that the high incidence of obesity in Malaysia is linked to a high risk for fatty liver disease. Fatty liver is a term used to describe a build-up of excess fat in the liver cells. While it is commonly thought that fatty liver disease results from of overconsumption of alcohol, the liver can also retain excess fat through other causes such as a diet rich in fatty and starchy foods coupled with a sedentary lifestyle. This more common occurrence is classified as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
NAFLD is becoming disturbingly more prevalent around the world, with 15% - 30% of adult Westerners being diagnosed with it. In Japan, around 18% - 30% of the population were found to have NAFLD and 14% in Thailand.
The liver is the body's largest internal organ, shouldering a wide range of significant tasks. A few of its crucial responsibilities include:
- Regulating the composition of blood
- Controlling levels of sugar, protein and fat that enter the bloodstream
- The breakdown and removal of toxic compounds (eg: chemicals, food preservatives, alcohol, drugs)
- Converting vitamins into usable forms for the body
- Storing nutrients such as Vitamin A, iron and minerals
- Producing cholesterol
- Manufacturing albumin, a blood protein that transports hormones and fatty acids, and maintains blood pH.
- Creating clotting factors that help the blood to clot
Along with affecting the functions of the liver mentioned above, NAFLD contributes to:
- Cardiovascular disease, linked with high cholesterol and high blood pressure
- Metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance and diabetes
- Scarring of liver tissue (fibrosis)
- Liver inflammation
- Liver disease and cancer
Fatty liver usually does not cause any symptoms or signs, but when it does, it includes fatigue, and pain in the upper right abdomen. While it is commonly found in people who are middle-aged, overweight or obese, many people who do not fit that description are also at risk because of their high cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels.
At B4ItHappens, we can help you measure your risk level through our 3D Bio-Resonance Scan, and also provide completely natural solutions for resolving fatty liver disease.
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