Too Much Fructose Could Put You At Risk For Fatty Liver Disease

Too Much Fructose Could Put You At Risk For Fatty Liver Disease By Chris Melore via Natural Blaze

Consuming too much fructose could lead to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a new study by researchers with the Endocrine Society.

Although fructose is a natural sugar you’ll find in fruit, fruit juices, some vegetables, honey, and many healthy diets, it’s also an ingredient in high-fructose corn syrup. This mixes it with corn starch to create unhealthy products such as soda and candy.

Previous studies have already found that foods and beverages high in fructose can contribute to metabolic disorders like obesity and diabetes. Unfortunately, these two conditions are also two of the main causes of NAFLD.

1 in 4 people have NAFLD — whether they know it or not

Estimates show that 24 percent of the U.S. adult population has a chronic buildup of fat in the liver. Unlike other forms of the disease, this one doesn’t require a lifetime of drinking to affect the organ.

Without treatment and lifestyle changes, NAFLD can eventually cause liver damage and become fatal. Currently, there are no medications which can treat fatty liver disease, leaving weight loss, diet, and exercise as the main options for patients.

“NAFLD is a serious problem and it is increasing in the population. There is a racial/ethnic difference in the prevalence of the NAFLD. People consume high-fructose corn syrup in foods, soft drinks and other beverages. Some studies suggested that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup is related to the development of NAFLD,” says lead author Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., of Charles R. Drew University, in a media release.

Who is at the greatest risk?

The new study examined 3,292 participants enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2017 to 2018. Researchers found that nearly half (48%) of Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic Blacks (44%) were among those in the U.S. consuming the highest amounts of fructose. Just one in three non-Hispanic whites consumed high amounts of fructose.

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