This month, we want to shine a light on the health risks that men should know about. Besidesprostateor
testicular healthand
andropause, another common problem that is often hidden in plain sight and not taken seriously
enough is fatty liver.

Fatty liver affects both men and women. As the name suggests, the condition is a result of an accumulation of fat in the liver that is over 5% of your total organ size. It usually doesn’t cause any symptoms, which means that many
with fatty liver don’t even know they have the condition.

However, this does not mean that you should ignore it. Read on to find out why fatty liver may be a ticking time bomb for other serious men’s health issues.

1.Fatty liver often goes hand in hand with obesity and diabetes.

Think that only alcoholics get fatty liver? You’re wrong.

If you have obesity, high cholesterol, high sugars and increased blood pressure, you are at immediate risk of fatty liver disease.

Ever heard of Metabolic Syndrome? Metabolic syndrome is a milieu of signs and symptoms that suggest your increased risk of fatty liver disease and heart and vascular disease.

Do this quick screen –

metabolic-syndrome-screen

If your diet is high in fat and sugar, you may be at risk for developing the condition, known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. If you are overweight or have diabetes, your risk increases to more than 30%.

2.It’s an indicator of your heart health.

The immediate concern with fatty liver disease is not so much the potential permanent liver damage but the immediate risk for developing heart and vascular disease. The chances of heart blockages, heart attacks or strokes are increased
with fatty liver disease.

Studieshave shown that there is a link between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular
disease. The former can lead to an increased risk of the latter, and vice versa.

3.It can cause cancers.

Among those with fatty liver, between 5 to 20% of people may develop serious liver disease, such as cirrhosis, fibrosis and liver cancer. Men with liver cirrhosis from fatty liver disease are at greater risk of liver cancers than
women.

Can fatty liver disease be reversed?

If fatty liver is allowed to progress and the liver hardens (the medical term is fibrosis), eventually this can progress to irreversible damage, known as liver cirrhosis.

The good news is Fatty liver disease IS reversible. The most effective treatment for fatty liver does not involve fancy medication or expensive surgery – all you need to do is to make some lifestyle changes!

Identify it early and if you have increased weight, elevated cholesterol, pre diabetes or diabetes, work to make SUSTAINABLE adjustment to your diet and exercise routine to reverse any potential liver and cardiovascular damage.

Here are some tips:

  • Losing 10% of your weight can significantly reverse fatty liver disease

  • Eat well – a healthy and balanced diet with whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as lean meat can make a big difference in managing the condition

  • Talk to us about Vitamin E and pioglitazone, which are liver supplements that can be used to significantly reduce the impact of fatty liver disease

    • 400 to 800mg of Vitamin E has been shown to help reverse fatty liver disease in combination with lifestyle changes

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