People with Liver Problems at Higher Risk of Heart Problems

By  , Agency News
Jun 25, 2013

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Researchers have found that people suffering from Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) are at a high risk of heart problems. Experts suggest that people with liver diseases should get screened for coronary disease also.

People with NAFDL have fat accumulated in the liver. This fat can cause inflammation and scarring in the liver posing to life threatening diseases.

It is a popular belief that liver diseases are unique to alcoholics. But recent researches have shown that NAFLD is also quite common in diabetics and those who are overweight.

The new research suggests that patients with Coronary Artery Diseases (CADs) should also get tested for liver problems, and likewise patients with NAFLD should be evaluated for CADs.

The findings came into light when experts looked at upper-abdominal CT scans of nearly 400 patients. The findings inference that NAFLD proved to be a bigger risk factor for heart diseases than the traditional factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.

Estimates show that three out of four obese people have early stages of NAFLD. People who are obese or diabetic, should get their liver enzymes tested every six months.  If detected early, it can be reversed and can prevent you from heart problems as well by following these steps:

• Decreasing insulin resistance including gradual weight loss, exercise and healthy diet to control blood sugar levels.

• Mediterranean diets including fruits, vegetables and whole grains are recommended by experts to fight the disease.

• Alcohol should be strictly avoided to prevent the damage.

Current treatments for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease include diet changes, exercise and increased monitoring.

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