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Interventional Radiology
August 31st, 2017

How to have a skinny liver


In honor of National Liver Awareness Month (October), we are encouraging everyone to read Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic – Fatty Liver Disease.1

The American Liver Foundation recommends Skinny Liver as a great source of information for preventing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).2 While alcohol abuse and the Hepatitis virus are more well known as primary causes of a cirrhotic liver, NAFLD now affects an estimated one in three people in the US, while one in five people in the UK are thought to have a fatty liver, with rising incidence observed in children.3

NAFLD is the buildup of extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by alcohol. Sedentary lifestyles and Western diets are contributing to an increasing incidence of NAFLD.2

How you can have a skinny liver

 Eat healthily from all food groups, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, rice and cereals.
 Limit fats.
 Exercise regularly.
 Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. (Alcohol can damage or destroy liver cells.)
 Manage your medications. Pay attention to warnings that say that a medication can damage the liver.
 Avoid breathing in or touching toxins, such as cleaning and aerosol products, insecticides, and chemicals.
 Do not smoke.

If you suspect that you have liver disease, consult with your doctor. And read Skinny Liver.

1. Skinny Liver is available on Amazon.com.
2. National Liver Foundation NAFLD: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/info/nafld/. Accessed August 11, 2017.
3. Blachier M, Leleu H, Peck-Radosavljevic M, et al. The Burden of Liver Disease in Europe. European Association for the Study of the Liver: A Review of Available Epidemiological Data. 2013.