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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Liver disease and dysfunction is becoming an increasingly common occurrence in our population. Previously, chronic liver disease was a very uncommon occurrence. However ever since the rates of obesity have shown a continual and unrelenting upward trend, the prevalence of liver disease has kept pace.
The reason for this is quite simple, with the steady and persistent increase in the prevalence of obesity there has been a corresponding increase in the incidence of the metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes. These conditions have closely mirrored the increased incidence of fatty liver disease which carries with it an increased risk of altered liver pathology and abnormal physiology.
It has been previously estimated that between 25-30% of people who have the metabolic syndrome will have fatty liver disease!
A recent study evaluating the effects of lifestyle modification and fatty liver disease was completed to assess the effects that lifestyle changes had upon the cellular changes in the livers of people suffering from fatty liver disease. In this study, 56 subjects, aged from 18-70 years were randomly assigned to one of four groups for a 6 month period. Group one consisted of standard care, group two, a low-fat and moderate exercise program, group three, moderate fat/low carbohydrate, moderate exercise and group four, just moderate exercise. All subjects had a liver biopsy at the beginning of the trial to confirm the diagnosis of fatty liver disease and again at the 6 month period after the trial had concluded. Other tests included body weight, blood work, dietary intake and levels of fitness.
The results of this experiment indicated that all of the participants, regardless of group showed an improvement in liver pathology over the 6 month trial. The largest and most significant changes occurred in groups two and three who ingested the special diet and participated in the moderate exercise program. Although the results of this study are somewhat limiting due to experimental design and sample size, the study does show a very important relationship between the diet and lifestyle choices we make and the effects this can have upon the liver previously damaged from disease.
The metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes are associated with insulin resistance, high blood sugar and abdominal obesity. These disorders cause high levels of inflammation in the liver with fatty accumulation. Fatty liver disease is also associated with high levels of free-radical generation and potential liver damage.
Fortunately, positive changes in diet including food choices, realistic portion sizes and regular exercise can reduce the levels of abdominal obesity, decrease the inflammation and help correct the insulin resistance which is responsible for the excessive fatty accumulation inside the liver Fatty liver disease is estimated to affect at least 25-30 % of people who have the metabolic syndrome. It is a reversible state if corrected early and this condition responds extremely well to lifestyle modification as clearly shown in this particular study.
As we age, we can become susceptible to various diseases and conditions associated with abnormal physiology….fatty liver disease is one of the more common of these and completely preventable.
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project