As a patient with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) or Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) or family member, you want to hear honest, reputable and trustworthy health related information from a medical professional.
NAFLD & NASH prevalence is projected to double in the next 10 years. There are actions we can take to address this...habits we can change now. Dr. Mark Swain , Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist discusses with NASHnet.ca. July 2020
Full published paper: Burden of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in Canada, 2019–2030: a modelling study: http://cmajopen.ca/content/8/2/E429.full.pdf
Dr. Supriya Joshi, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada shares a ton of very relevant and current information and studies about this very important liver disease.
Dr. Mark Swain explains the relationship. When the fat in the liver causes the immune system to have a response and liver cells die and you get inflammation - that is what we call NASH. It is a component of NAFLD.
Dr. Mark Swain explains that 25-30% of adults in North America have fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and of those about 1/5 have NASH. About 2-3% of the adult population is estimated to have NASH.
There are over 100 different reasons why someone could have liver disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is one of them.
Fatty liver disease and NASH is very common. Who is most prone to develop NAFLD and NASH? At highest risk are people that are overweight, especially if the fat is around the mid-section, or they have diabetes, or they have high triglycerides or cholesterol and if these are combined with high blood pressure - (metabolic syndrome) - these drive fat into the liver. Of these people who have NAFLD, some develop NASH.
What are Physicans concerned about?
What will I be feeling? Is there pain? What risks do I have?
Are my loved ones at risk? Is fatty liver contagious?
Is it possible that my family will also have fatty liver? What factors create the most risk?
What can I do to improve my health?
Too much sugar, and especially a diet with fructose can be causing NAFLD in so many of us. This video is enlightening and filled with current data that may help you with your daily food choices. Dr. Supriya Joshi presents. June 2020
Risk factors for fatty liver disease are also risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Exercise could help reduce weight, but you need to check with your Physician before starting a program.
There is evidence now that if you lose about 10% of your weight, that it could have a strong beneficial effect on your liver.
Will reducing carbohydrates help? What about the impact of fructose? Is coffee good or bad?
Dr. Mark Swain addresses the question every NASH patient wants to know.
NAFLD Versus MAFLD: What is the difference between NAFLD and MAFLD and why is it important?
Dr. Robert Gish explains more about this new acronym and how it impacts patients.