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Preventing Fatty Liver disease among Gen Z

fatty liver disease among Gen Z

Fatty liver disease is accumulated excess fat in the liver’s cells. This can develop serious complications, including inflammation, liver damage, scarring, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer in some cases. Sometimes, a liver transplant may be required if the damage to the liver is extensive, or chronic hepatitis is present.

There are several factors contributing to fatty liver in young people

Sedentary lifestyle: Youths spend a lot of their time sitting down having desk borne jobs, fixing their time on screen/gadgets like phone, watching TV etc. The absence of physical activity results in unpaid fats in the body, which is another major cause of fatty liver diseases.

Poor dietary choices: The liver stores fat if you consume processed foods, foods high in saturated fats, sugars, or consume excess calories. Diet sodas are particularly dangerous but every type of food and all beverages are bad if consumed frequently.

Obesity: This is so because eating an excess of junk food and other unhealthy foods while exercising little or not at all leads to obesity. Specifically abdominal obesity contributes to fatty liver disease. Specifically, outcomes can be adverse among young adults who are experiencing obesity.

Heavy alcohol use: Young adults who regularly consume large portions of alcohol are some of the worst impacted.

To lower the risk of fatty liver disease, medical experts recommend the following precautionary measures

  • Exercise regularly: To maintain the health of liver and keep your body fit, it is recommendable to do moderate intensity aerobic exercise every day for 30 minutes or more.
  • Healthy diet: Eat healthy foods and avoid processed products; aim to include fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and lean meats. Avoid foods that contain processed sugars, fats in the form of butter, cheese and other rich foods that have been hydrogenated. Eliminate food and beverages that contain high levels of sugar and replace them with water and herbal teas.
  • Weight management: The other general strategy is to eat right and keep fit through healthy eating and exercise to cut out excess calories.
  • Avoid alcohol: Do not drink alcohol because it worsens liver issues and it is not safe to consume for any person with diagnose of fatty liver disease.
  • Monitor health: Have blood pressure and blood sugar level checked often, especially if they have a family history of hypertension and diabetes.
  • Stay active: Minimize the time spent on sitting and increase movements to reduce the effects of sitting.

Through practicing these measures, antioxidants production can be increased and the risk of developing a fatty liver disease decreased hence healthier livers are achieved.

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