Fatty liver: beware of animal proteins. Confirmation in a new study

    Fatty liver: beware of animal proteins. Confirmation in a new study

    A diet rich in animal proteins is associated with a higher risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is an excessive accumulation of fat in the liver. This was revealed by a large epidemiological study, the Rotterdam Study, presented in Amsterdam, on the occasion of the International Liver Congress 2017



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    A diet rich in protein animals is associated with a higher risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, that is, an excessive accumulation of fat in the liver. This was revealed by a large epidemiological study, the Rotterdam Study, presented in Amsterdam, on the occasion of the International Liver Congress 2017.

    The researchers looked at the liver conditions of 3440 adults, a third of which are characterized by a lean physique. They were asked to answer a nutrition questionnaire and then underwent an abdominal ultrasound to assess liver health.

    Of the 3.440 people, 1040 (30%) were thin (BMI less than 25 kg / m2) and 2.400 (70%) were overweight (BMI greater than 25 kg / m2). The median age was 71 and the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease it was present in 1.191 people, 35% of the participants.

    Taking into account also the body mass index and consequently the weight in relation to the presence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the Dutch researchers found that in people in overweight this condition was more frequent. But not only. Going deeper and examining the diet, it emerged that the risk of steatosis was higher among those who consumed a greater quantity of proteins of animal origin. Conversely, those who had a diet higher in carbohydrates had a lower risk.

    “A healthy lifestyle is the cornerstone of treatment in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, but specific dietary recommendations are lacking ", he said Louise Alferink (MD), of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, lead author of the research. “The results of this study show that animal proteins are associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in overweight elderly people, in line with the recently proposed hypothesis that the Western diet, rich in animal proteins and refined food products, can cause disturbances in the body's homeostasis, glucose metabolism and acid balance " .



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    Better to opt for the plant protetinsdefinitely less harmful to our health.

    Francesca Mancuso

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