Is Your Fatty Liver Hurting Your Brain?
Have you heard of Fatty Liver?
Put simply, there is more fat in and around the liver than what is normal. Having small amounts of fat in your liver is normal, but too much can become a health problem.
Too much fat in your liver can cause liver inflammation, which can damage your liver and create scarring. In severe cases, this scarring can lead to liver failure.
New study links Alzheimer’s disease with liver function and diet
Scientists have presented new research pointing to the liver as a potential culprit in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The research suggests that when the liver cannot effectively function it produces certain compounds that cause cognitive deficits in the brain. This is something that can lead to early dementia and other problems with brain function.
Perhaps the most interesting implication suggested by this growing body of research is that dietary effects on the liver may play a role in the subsequent development of Alzheimer’s and brain function.
A recent study does back up this possibility, finding an association between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
Am I At Risk of Developing a Fatty Liver?
Fatty liver develops when your body produces too much fat or doesn’t metabolize fat efficiently enough.
This build-up of fat can be caused by a variety of things:
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- High blood sugar
- Insulin resistance with high insulin levels
- High levels of fat, especially triglycerides, in your blood
- Have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
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- Could Alzeihmer’s be a liver disease: https://www.alzforum.org/news/research-news/dha-study-could-alzheimers-be-liver-disease
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease induces signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) https://europepmc.org/article/med/26728181
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. American Liver Foundation. https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease/. Accessed July 20, 2019.
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and NASH. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/liver-disease/nafld-nash. Accessed July 20, 2019.
- Sheth SG, et al. Epidemiology, clinical features, and diagnosis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in adults. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search. Accessed July 26, 2019.