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Liver Fat Is More Dangerous Than Belly Fat

Friday, November 20, 2009
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According to a recent research conducted by nutrition researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis , fatty liver, which has always been associated with cirrhosis, is more responsible for diabetes (insulin resistance) and cardiovascular diseases than belly fat. People with fatty liver also have high blood triglycerides because of an increase in the production of fat particles in their liver which in turn get secreted into the bloodstream.

Dr Samuel Klein, MD, senior investigator and Director of the Division of Geriatrics & Nutritional Science, of Washington University, studied subjects by categorizing by age, sex, percent body fat, degree of obesity and body mass index. He demonstrated that obese people who had different amounts of fat in their belly and liver, had greater risks of metabolic problems. As fat in liver is closely tracked with visceral fat, it has been found that excessive fat in liver and not in the belly may primarily responsible for metabolic dysfunction.



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01 June, 2010 | Sujatha | Reply

Sujatha I really enjoy going through comprehensive articles written by NutritionVista team.They not only write articles in language understood by layman, rather than using technical jargon, but also give scientific evidence to support their point.

29 May, 2010 | Sujatha | Reply

Sujatha Hi,
I am 35 years old working professional.I would like to know what kind of diet and lifestyle changes should I make to prevent fatty liver.Though I know its improtant to exercise but due to hectic professional life I am not able to devote enough time towards it.Please help..

10 July, 2010 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Dear Sujatha,

Reducing weight by consuming a balanced diet and exercise play an important role in fatty liver. If you do not find time to exercise on a regular basis, try to involve in an activity 3-4 times a week. Make it a point to exercise on the weekends too.

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