It's NOT just alcohol! Why toast and potatoes may also cause liver damage

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    • It's NOT just alcohol! Why toast and potatoes may also cause liver damage

      Here's an article on a new study on treating fatty liver with a low carbohydrate diet :)

      Instead their raised levels are due to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is linked to diet. An estimated 20 per cent of Britons have this condition — twice as many who have type 2 diabetes.

      In some cases, it can progress to serious liver damage and ultimately liver failure. However, it is not just a precursor to liver problems.

      Some experts believe it could also be a key warning that the patient is at higher risk of other conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

      The conventional wisdom on non- alcoholic fatty liver disease is that eating too much is what’s caused the problem, as excess calories are simply stored as fat in the liver.

      But some experts, including Dr Unwin, believe sugar and starchy food pose a particular threat.

      ‘They cause a problem because they are rapidly turned into glucose and the body’s first port of call for storing glucose is in the liver,’ he says.

      What the liver can’t store is then stored as body fat. The solution, he says, is simple: a low-carbohydrate diet. That means less glucose in the liver and so less fat.

      And Dr Unwin has proven this theory in a study just published in the specialist journal Diabesity in Practice. He selected 69 patients in his practice who had very high levels of GGT and put them on a low-carb diet for 13 months.

      Read the full article here: Experts warn toast and potatoes may also cause liver damage | Daily Mail Online
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