A small German study finds that a meal high in saturated fat, for example, a cheeseburger with fries or a pizza, may disrupt liver function.
A team of researchers discovered that the high levels of saturated fat immediately change the way our liver works, leading for serious diseases in the future.
Dr. Michael Roden, a study co-author and a scientific director of the German Diabetes Center at Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, says: “Our findings paint the picture of the earliest changes in liver metabolism leading to fatty liver diseases and liver cirrhosis in the context of obesity and type 2 diabetes.”
Liver is the biggest internal organ of a human body, and technically it is also the biggest gland. As a rule, when people think about the problems with liver, wthey think about cirrhosis, a pattern of chronic scarring of the liver that blocks blood flow and halts its many essential processes. The condition commonly associated with the excessive alcohol consumption.
Robert S. Brown Jr., a gastroenterology and hepatology professor at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation in New York, says: “People think their livers really can only be a problem if they do something wrong to it. Liver disease cuts across all socioeconomic statuses, genders, ages – everyone needs to take good care of their livers.”
Here are 6 important things you should always remember about the liver:
Not all liver diseases are related to alcohol.
You can’t live without your liver.
The liver regenerates.
Your birthday might predict your risk of getting Hepatitis C.
You might not notice any symptoms of liver disease.