The challenge for anyone concerned about liver health health is that there is such a volume of often contradictory information. Research is very focused on details so it is difficult to get a good overview. Then you have the problem of all of the advertising for prescription and non-prescription drugs and supplements. On top of it all the various governments make recommendations about diet that do not agree in fundamental ways. It is very difficult as a patient to know how to think about it all. The goal of the foundation is to provide, at a minimum, a clear view that is based upon data. As part of that we have added a new page which summarizes our view of the research.
I recently saw the shocking chart below which shows the percentage change in death rate for the major medical killers. This is UK data because they have the big national databases but the US results are probably even worse. Note that medicine is succeeding against most of our major killers but liver disease is rampaging through our society and mirrors the epidemic of obesity.
We have organized the background research for our recommendations on this new science page and I invite you to give it a careful read. It is important to understand that we do not follow the USDA guideline which is basically reduce calories and exercise. The US approach is good in that it advocates a varied diet but it does not seek to resolve the challenges between sugar and fat as calorie sources and focuses little on the differences between fats.
Here is a link to the science page.
Is there any doubt in your mind that fat and diabetes are partners? One way to think about it would be calculate what your risk of having diabetes if you are obese at age 18. If you are a parent with overweight children you may want to consider the misery you are setting them up for if you ignore their weight problem. As you can see here an obese child has a 70% chance of having diabetes and all of the other health problems that go along with it.
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