fatty liver

  1. Fatty liver linked to cancer and dementia

    Is your liver trying to kill you?

    You can't see it, feel it, or sense it... and without an imaging test, there's no way you'll even know it's happening.

    But fat in your liver is dangerous, even deadly -- especially if it turns into a frightening condition called fatty liver disease.

    I'll tell you how to turn that risk around in a moment.

    First, let me share with you WHY it's so critical to put your liver on a diet, as a pair of new studies reveals two new risks linked to this condition.

    One of them can kill you... and the other might be even worse!

    The first study finds that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease -- a form of the disease caused by poor diet rather than heavy drinking -- can increase your risk of several deadly forms of cancer.

    Overall, this condition will increase your risk of any form of cancer by nearly a third.

    But some risks are worse than others. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease will boost your odds of one form of liver cancer by more than 16 times.

    The risks aren't limited to the liver itself. Guys, a fatty liver will double your risk of colon cancer. And ladies, that same condition will almost double your risk of breast cancer.

    The good news is that while both of these forms of cancer are deadly, they can also be treated and defeated.

    The second new study, on the other hand, reveals a risk that the mainstream is powerless to defeat: dementia.

    The damage of fatty liver can creep right up into your brain, where it can cause your gray matter to shrink.

    Now, that alone isn't too alarming.

    All of our brains shrink a little as we get older.

    But a faster shrink is linked to cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease -- and if you have fatty liver, it's not just shrinking a little faster.

    You're in the express lane, suffering a shrink so rapid that it's as if your brain is more than four years older than what it really is!

    As I mentioned earlier, there's no way to tell if your liver is accumulating fat. But if you haven't been eating especially well... and if you've built up some padding around your middle... then your liver is probably soaking up some of that fat.

    It's time to turn that around by making simple changes to your diet.

    The obvious solution is to eat better and lose weight -- but make sure you eat the RIGHT things, like healthy proteins, which can bring levels of fat in the liver down by as much as 30 percent.

  2. New drugs target fatty liver

    Chase fat out of your liver -- without Big Pharma!

    It's the biggest disease no one's heard of... yet.

    But that's about to change in a major way.

    One in four adults have some degree of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and a number like that can't stay under the radar for long.

    Right now, Big Pharma is cooking up new drugs aimed at this potentially lucrative market, with a slew of meds in the pipeline of what's expected to become a $35 billion industry in the very near future.

    For now, those meds are aimed at the most severe form of the disease. But since they work to pump fat out of the liver, you can bet the next phase will be to give them to EVERYONE with ANY degree of fatty liver.

    If you're among the estimated 60 million Americans with fatty liver disease, you can't wait for them to get their act together... and you certainly don't want to face whatever risks and side effects come along for the ride.

    You need help NOW, because that excess fat in the liver can cause scars to form, a.k.a. fibrosis. Those scarred parts become damaged and can't function right -- and when you have too may of those dangerous scars, you have cirrhosis.

    Fatty liver can also cause inflammation and even liver cancer.

    But what makes this condition so dangerous is that there's no warning sign at all early on.

    You could have fat accumulating inside your liver right now and not even know it -- and by the time it's advanced enough to get your doctor's attention, you just might be part of that up-and-coming $35 billion market I mentioned earlier.

    But here's your chance to head Big Pharma off at the pass. You can protect your liver and push out that fat even if it's already building up in there.

    And you can do it starting today... without a single drug... in three simple steps:

    1) Eat more protein: In a study released last year, folks who boosted their protein intake by 30 percent saw their levels of fat in the liver drop by 30 percent. Just be sure to stick to lean proteins; fatty proteins and protein from unhealthy meals will hurt, not help.

    2) Go organic: Long-term exposure to glyphosate, a dangerous chemical weed killer used on genetically-modified crops, can cause fatty liver disease, according to a rodent study. Since organics legally can't be genetically modified, they will be free of this and other poisons.

    3) Eat more broccoli: This humble veggie can reduce the amounts of fat pulled into the liver, according to a study on mice. That, in turn, stops it from accumulating, and can stop the disease from forming.

    Of course, none of these steps will matter much if you're eating a lot of junk food -- so make sure they're part of an overall healthy lifestyle. I recommend a Mediterranean diet.

    If you have or are at risk for fatty liver, I can create a natural plan customized to your needs. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the San Diego area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

  3. Snacking can lead to fatty liver

    Snacking on fatty and sugary foods can increase fat around the liver and decrease insulin sensitivity in the organ, major risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

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