Fatty Liver Disease

Diabetes Can Affect Your Liver

…your liver may be at risk. People with diabetes, especially those who are obese, are at particular risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which can progress to serious scarring of the liver. Therefore, I suggest that all of my patients with type 2 diabetes symptoms to have their liver enzymes…

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Beware of Liver Disease

Contrary to popular belief, the leading liver problem in the United States is not alcoholic cirrhosis or hepatitis, but nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Afflicting roughly one in four Americans, it is not caused by alcohol or a virus, but by obesity and insulin resistance—and at least half…

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The Many Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

…than being stored as fat, MCTs are rapidly converted in the liver to ketones and burned for energy, so they rev up metabolism and discourage fat deposition. Another unique feature of coconut oil is its high content of lauric acid. This fatty acid is converted in the body into monolaurin, a compound that…

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Are Environmental Toxins Increasing Your Belly Fat?

…of its close proximity to vital internal organs, it continuously floods the system with free fatty acids that contribute to insulin resistance, arterial dysfunction, elevations in blood lipids, liver disease, and other problems. Excess belly fat also upsets hormones and signaling proteins—including…

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Hope for Hepatitis C

…progression of serious problems such as cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), cancer, and liver failure. However, research published in the New England Journal of Medicine casts doubt on interferon’s prolonged use for the management of this disease. The HALT-C (Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-term Treatment against…

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Reap the Benefits of Glutathione

…allergies, memory loss, and Parkinson’s disease.) Alpha lipoic acid also ramps up glutathione synthesis and significantly enhances detoxification, and we use it at Whitaker Wellness, along with selenium and silymarin, to treat hepatitis and other liver diseases. Research suggests that the “sleep hormone”…

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Benefits of Bergamot

…important because unlike LDL, which builds up in the plaque deposited in diseased arteries, HDL escorts cholesterol out of the arteries to the liver. Therefore, a low HDL level is an independent risk factor for heart disease. In a placebo-controlled clinical trial, Italian researchers gave either 500…

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Health Benefits of L-Carnitine

…brain, heart, and muscles. Its primary job is to transport fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they’re burned for energy. Young, healthy people produce all the carnitine they need. However, levels may be depleted by kidney and liver disease, genetic defects, valproic acid (an epilepsy drug), cancer—and…

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Vitamin E Benefits for Diabetes and Heart Health

…contributes to liver damage, which if untreated, can lead to complications such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The best-studied antioxidant for NAFLD also happens to be vitamin E, with doses ranging from 400 to 1,200 IU per day, which results in reductions in fatty liver infiltration. I…

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Caffeine Withdrawal...A Mental Disorder?!?

…the intestines. * Coffee curbs appetite and facilitates fat burning in the liver, thus preventing obesity—the number-one risk factor for type 2 diabetes. * A high coffee intake reduces the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease—another common condition found in people with obesity and diabetes…

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5 Secrets to Lowering Cholesterol Naturally

…should have your cholesterol, triglycerides and liver enzymes tested every three months or so. If the flushing bothers you, take the dose at bedtime so the flushing happens while you’re asleep. This therapy is not recommended for patients with liver disease, gout or ulcers. Note: To lower cholesterol naturally…

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Manage Diabetes With Vitamin D and Vitamin E

…terminated early so all study participants could benefit. Oxidative stress also contributes to liver damage that, if untreated, can lead to diabetes complications such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The best-studied antioxidant for NAFLD also happens to be vitamin E, with doses averaging…

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Follow a Fructose-Free Diet

…fructose and an increased risk of kidney stones. * Contributes to NAFLD. Excessive fructose consumption has also been implicated in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition most common in overweight people with metabolic syndrome. Now it’s your turn: Have you ever noticed a change in your appetite…

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Belly Fat—It’s More Dangerous Than You Think

…prevent you from overeating. Your goal should be at least 30 grams of fiber every day. * Address underlying medical conditions. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and sleep apnea are associated with higher amounts of abdominal fat. * Detoxify your body. As I told you recently, there’s a connection…

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How to Beat Metabolic Syndrome

…cycle of insulin resistance and weight gain. Unfortunately, the fallout doesn’t end here. Insulin resistance is linked to increased risk of fatty liver disease, gout, polycystic ovary syndrome, memory loss, and some types of cancer. But there’s an upside. Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome respond…

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