THE PROBLEM: The real liver experts don’t offer effective diet advice
Currently, the experts who treat liver disease, (the specialists of AASLD), do not officially recommend any specific diet for liver health. The reason is because there are not enough well-designed dietary clinical trials focused specifically on the liver to give the organ experts confidence to make official dietary recommendations. This creates a serious dilemma. As patients we don’t have that luxury. We must make choices. We must live every day making food decisions and hope that our diet is a healthy one even if the experts can’t help us. No wonder we see endless variety in dietary advice and “experts” of all persuasions.
OUR GOAL: Design a diet strategy that minimizes the liver workload
Does being fat matter?
Do you care about dying?
How about being ill for years?
- Obesity accounts for 18 percent of deaths among Americans between the ages of 40 and 85
- The incidence of fatty liver disease has increased 20 times since 1983.
- A 5-year-old growing up today is much more likely to be obese than a generation or two ago.
- Once someone is obese, it is very difficult to undo. We won't see the worst of the epidemic until the current generation of children grows old.
- One in five US deaths is associated with obesity. What are your odds?
- Fatty liver disease is epidemic affecting about 100 million Americans.
- The good news, it is possible to take it off and keep it off but you must be serious.
Did you know that the risk of death when you get to stage 4 fibrosis is 25 times higher than it is at stage 1?
Is there a short explanation about how what I eat can cause me problems?
For a start, watch this short video.