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Studies show that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)—the accumulation of lipids in liver cells not associated with the consumption of alcohol—is strongly tied to the features of metabolic syndrome, the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. The increase in these diseases is associated with obesity, and insulin resistance is a key pathogenic factor for both NAFLD and metabolic syndrome.
To learn more about the link between obesity, metabolic syndrome and liver disease, and the role of diet and lifestyle changes for preventing disease progression, read “Early Detection, Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Changes Critical for Addressing Metabolic Syndrome and Halting Progression of Liver Disease.”
Author: Dr. Juan Pablo Frias, M.D., medical director and principal investigator, National Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA