Don’t fall victim to this symptomless disease
The next great disease epidemic is already at America’s doorstep. And in the same way type 2 diabetes exploded onto the scene in the 90s, the next deadly epidemic is poised to make its way into the spotlight in the coming decade.
In fact, one third of all U.S. adults could already be suffering from this silent killer—— and most of them don’t even have a clue .
Fortunately, you can keep yourself healthy and disease-free by following just a few simple steps.
“The disease of the decade”
It’s called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (or NAFLD for short). It got this name because it used to be a disease seen primarily in alcoholics. But don’t let the name fool you. These days, it’s every bit as much of a misnomer as the term “adult-onset” diabetes.
Now some estimates say that as many as one-third of ALL Americans could be suffering from NAFLD . And, worse still—— children are falling prey to this epidemic at an alarming rate as well .
Thirty years ago——just one generation back——just ONE child was reported as having NAFLD. Now it’s estimated that about one out of every three overweight kids is already suffering from a disease that used to be limited to people with substance abuse.
Most people blame the alarming rise in obesity for the rise of this liver disease—— but you don’t have to be fat to be in danger , as you’ll see in just a minute.
NAFLD is a silent, symptom-less killer——yet its effects on your body can be devastating, leading to liver inflammation, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.
But here’s the good news...
This silent killer is 100% preventable—— and 100% reversible
And best of all, you don’t have to purchase expensive meds or undergo a risky surgery to get results. The best—— the only ——way to treat or prevent this disease is to cut carbs out of your diet.
Yes, you read that right. Fatty liver disease is caused by the nation’s obsession with carbs, carbs, and more carbs. And as multiple recent studies have proven, getting back to a low-carb (and high-fat) diet will get your liver back to peak condition in no time.
The high price of high-glycemic foods
Here’s a quick breakdown of what happens when you shove high-gylcemic foods (read: white bread, white rice, breakfast cereals, and the like) down your throat. When the sugar melts out of these foods, your insulin production increases, which signals your body to make and store more fat.
This is where the liver enters the picture. When your pancreas makes extra insulin, it gets dumped into your liver, where it gets stored as fat.
To make a bad situation worse, eating high-glycemic foods prevents your liver from taking the fat stored in your liver and using it for energy. It’s a double whammy. When that happens, fat deposits build up everywhere in your body (which is why carbs are to blame for America’s expanding waistline——not fat)——but more importantly, the fat sits in your liver unusued, building up bit by bit until you have full-blown fatty liver disease.
Fortunately, cutting carbs out of your diet can change all of that.
It all boils down to where your body gets its energy. As a recent study showed, people on low-carb diets delve into the fatty reserves in their livers for energy... essentially cleaning out the gunk that can lead to disease, and putting it to good use instead.
When you understand how diet alone can affect your liver, it’s a lot easier to see how NAFLD has become...
The most common form of liver disease in the West
The obesity epidemic is largely to blame, but cutting back on how much you eat is only going to get you so far, as a recent study conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Browning and published in the journal Hepatology proved.
Researchers put seven subjects on a low-calorie diet, and seven subjects on a low-carbohydrate diet. They found that for the people in the low-calorie group, 60 percent of the energy they burned came from liver fat. In the low-carb group, however, a whopping 80 percent of the energy burned was from liver fat.
Dr. Browning said, “Energy production is expensive for the liver. It appears that for the people on a low-carbohydrate diet, in order to meet that expense, their livers have to burn excess fat.”
Clearly the low-carbohydrate group came out ahead in its use of liver fat as energy, but that’s not the only benefit the low-carb group experienced.
Although the study wasn’t designed to measure weight loss, it was hard to ignore the results: The low-carb group lost nearly TWICE as much weight as the low-calorie group .
The low-calorie group lost an impressive five pounds in two weeks, but the low-carb group lost an average of 9.5 pounds in just two weeks (and I can guarantee you they had a lot more fun doing it, too).
What do I keep telling you? FAT doesn’t make you fat! The proof is in the pudding... and the bread... and all the pre-packaged “fat free” non-food that people are barely surviving on these days.
Dr. Browning conducted another study that was published this March in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition . Again, he put two groups of obese adults on either a low-calorie diet or a low-carb diet.
After just two weeks, both groups lost a similar amount of weight, and both groups also reduced the amount of fat in their liver. But once again, when it came to liver fat, the low-carb group had far better results: They reduced the amount of liver fat by nearly TWICE as much as the low-calorie group.
But even though the obesity epidemic is to blame for the sudden upsurge in fatty liver disease—— you don’t have to be fat to be vulnerable . I love a skinny woman as much as the next guy, but let’s get something straight:
Just because you’re skinny doesn’t mean you’re healthy
So if you think your slim figure gives you a free pass from this Silent Killer, you’re dead wrong .
In a study published in the journal Obesity , David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., and his team of researchers put one group of mice on high-glycemic foods, and the other on low-glycemic foods——but both groups had equal amounts of total calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrates.
After six months, the mice in both groups weighed the same. But that’s where the similarities end. A look below the surface revealed that the mice on the high-glycemic index diet had TWICE the normal amount of fat in their bodies, blood, and liver .
Here’s what to do:
This one should be obvious. The quickest way to get fat out of your liver (and the rest of your body, for that matter) is to cut those high-gylcemic index carbs right out of your diet. You already see what they do to your waistline——now you’ve had a glimpse at what they’re doing inside your body.
When you restrict the carbs, your liver makes less fat, and your body has the opportunity to burn off any excess fat that is there. You’re left with a thinner, leaner body——that’s the part you can see. But the part you can’t see——the ”slimming down” of your fatty liver——is by far the best result you could ask for.