A-Z of Health N – Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
As with many of these A-Z posts there is a common list of culprits with the biggest risk factors for NAFLD being: –
- Are you overweight or obese?
- Do you have Type 2 Diabetes?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do you have high cholesterol?
- Do you have metabolic syndrome (a combination of the above)?
- Are you over 50?
- Are you a smoker?
These factors do not always have to apply though as NAFLD has occurred in young children and those without any of the above risk factors. Although we associate liver disease with alcohol that isn’t the case with NAFLD you can be completely alcohol free and still develop NAFLD.
The disease is actually a range of conditions that have caused a build-up of fat in the liver.
It is estimated that as many as 1 in 3 people in the UK could have early stages of NAFLD.
As with many of these health conditions there are often links and increased risks when you have a combination of conditions – if you don’t have the risk factors outlined above but develop NAFLD you are then more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease.
If you are diabetic then also having NAFLD will increase your risk of coronary heart disease.
There are 4 stages to the disease and the symptoms can quietly be present and with you for many years. It is likely that if you have concerns over your weight, health, lifestyle then this could be another one to worry about!
Health issues don’t go away by being in denial!
Yet I find the majority of people don’t want to think about their current and future health issues for fear of the changes they will need to make, well I am here to help to make those changes feel easy and manageable and to highlight to you the upmost importance why you should focus on your health for your own future and those around you.
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About the author of this blog
Louise Mercieca is a multi award-winning author on children’s nutrition with her book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ winning the Parenting award in Janey Lee Grace’s Platinum awards. Louise is the host of Early Years TV Food Channel – a channel dedicated to children’s health and nutrition. https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/early-years-tv-food-channel
Louise has also won a SBS or Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis and was recently crowned as Queen of Child Nutrition in the #Queenof Twitter awards.
Louise has worked as a Nutritional Therapist for 8 years supporting hundreds of clients and does take on a limited number of personal coaching clients each month – contact Louise to discuss this. Louise has also created an accessible and affordable webinar schedule covering many topics discussed in this A-Z post series. https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/webinar