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Keeping your heart fit can prevent a fatty liver

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Researchers say that cardiorespiratory fitness can lower the risk of fatty liver.


The liver is a vital organ for good health. Fatty liver disease can cause severe suffering and premature death. It's clearly worthwhile to determine ways to keep your liver healthy.

Drinking alcohol is one cause of fatty liver

WebMD reports if fat makes up greater than 5 percent to 10 percent of the weight of your liver, you may be suffering from fatty liver disease. Drinking is one cause of this condition so if you drink alcohol you should stop immediately when there are signs of fatty liver disease. Clearly it's best to simply not drink too much to begin with.

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There also seem to be genetically inherited variants of alcoholic fatty liver disease. Your chances of getting alcoholic fatty liver disease are also increased with hepatitis C, having too much iron in your body, and being obese. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease generally runs in families. It is seen most often in middle aged people who are overweight or obese. Other causes may be viral hepatitis, medications, quick weight loss, and malnutrition.

Eating curry may help

Aside from abstaining from drinking alcohol it seems that a high carbohydrate diet often helps with fatty liver disease. Curcumin may also help prevent and treat fatty liver disease. This is the chemical in turmeric which gives curried dishes their delicious flavor. So enjoying curry may actually help keep your liver healthy.

There is an inverse relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and the risk of fatty liver

It has been reported by the University of Turku that research has shown there is an inverse relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and the risk of fatty liver. Regardless of a person's weight it seems
achieving moderate cardiorespiratory fitness can offer protection from fatty liver. This is very significant in view of the widening public health concerns associated with fatty liver. Fatty liver is associated with several metabolic disturbances, an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

The journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise has published this study. Fatty liver has become an increasing health concern. In this study researchers analyzed the links seen between cardiorespiratory fitness and fatty liver. The researchers determined there is a strong inverse independent relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and the risk of fatty liver. This association is even seen in obese people. So aside from helping to prevent cardiovascular disease keeping your heart fit may also help you maintain a healthy liver.