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The Healthiest Diet to Prevent Fatty Liver Disease

New study.

This diet is already recommended by experts due to its multiple health benefits.

The liver is a vital organ for overall health, and the foods you eat can either aid or hinder its function. For example, choosing meals strong in dietary fibre and vitamins C and E can help keep the liver healthy, whereas drinking too much alcohol or eating foods high in saturated fat can impair it.



According to new research, following a Mediterranean diet can help manage the fatty liver disease, a prevalent liver ailment. In a study published this month in the journal Nutrients, researchers looked at the liver fat content and adherence to the Mediterranean diet of almost 1,400 people aged 65 and up.

They discovered that adhering to this diet reduces liver fat levels, but that eating more red and processed meat, as well as consuming more alcohol, increases liver fat content. Sticking to white meat and plant-based proteins, as well as cutting less on alcohol, can help your liver.

Fatty liver disease (also known as hepatic steatosis) is generally "a quiet disorder with few or no symptoms," according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which is part of the National Institutes of Health. If you have signs of fatty liver disease, you may experience abdominal pain and weariness. People with this ailment are more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, among other health concerns.



The Mediterranean diet includes nutrient-dense foods such as beans, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and whole grains. It also entails receiving fat from olive oil, eating dairy, eggs, and poultry in moderation, and eating very little red meat, if any at all, according to the American Heart Association.

First author Luisa Lampignano claimed that better adherence to the Mediterranean diet lowered the incidence of the fatty liver for lead author Rodolfo Sardone MsBE, AuD, MPH. "However, we discovered that people who consumed more red meat and alcohol had a greater risk of developing fatty liver, even when they adhered strictly to the Mediterranean diet."

According to Lampignano, more longitudinal (long-term) investigations and randomized trials are needed to corroborate these findings.

Kelly Toups, MLA, RD, LDN, director of nutrition at Oldways, adds, "Long-term lifestyle changes rarely happen quickly." "Take it one step at a time," writes the author, "letting the exquisite flavours of Mediterranean food guide you." For example, replace butter or margarine in cooking with olive oil, or incorporate more whole grains.

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https://www.eatthis.com/news-mediterranean-diet-fatty-liver-disease/
https://publichealth.gwu.edu/content/clinical-trials-find-treatment-necessary-slow-progression-type-2-diabetes-adults/

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