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Green Tea Extract Helps Reverse Fatty Liver Problems 01/09/13

An estimated 40 million Americans have some form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is strongly linked to obesity, type 2 Diabetes, insulin resistance and high cholesterol, according to the American Liver Foundation. Occasionally NAFLD is seen in patients with none of these risk factors.  NAFLD is also known as hepatic steatosis due to the accumulation of fat in liver cells. Nearly 66% of Americans are currently overweight or obese and various studi...

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Two More Complications of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes:Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer 01/07/13

Until recently hepatocellular carcinoma, a primary malignancy of the liver, has been a very rare cancer in North America and most developed countries. However, the recent escalation in the number of overweight, obese and Type 2 diabetic individuals in our society has contributed to a corresponding rise in cases of liver cirrhosis and related hepatocellular carcinoma cases.   Being overweight, obese, and/or developing Type 2 diabetes promote the deposition of fat into liver cells, primarily...

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Acetaminophen Continues To Be A Leading Cause of Liver Failure: Oct, 2012 Report 10/30/12

As reported in Science Daily (October, 2012), the regular use of acetaminophen continues to be a leading cause of liver failure in the US. Addressing this issue, Dr Steven Scaglione, MD, hepatology, Loyola University Health System and the Stritch School of Medicine, indicated that dose-dependent acetaminophen use and idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States, responsible for approximately 50 percent of all reported cases of liver failure. Studies show tha...

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Statin Drugs Over Prescribed and Pose Unnecessary Health Threats for Many 10/15/12

Over the years I have been commissioned to deliver many wellness and lifestyle medicine lectures to the employees of large companies, financial institutions, as well as legal and accounting firms, in Canada and the United States. In conversation with the director of Human Resources of these corporate entities they often tell me that the single most expensive drain on the employee health benefits plan is the cost of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. A 2012 report showed that 32 million Americans were prescribed a sta...

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Vitamin E Confirmed as Effective Treatment for Fatty Liver Disease 08/21/12

Fatty Liver Disease is known medically as “steatohepatitis”, which involves inflammation and fat accumulation in the liver. It is often seen in alcoholics, but a form of the condition is also seen in non-alcoholic patients and labelled non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which is also commonly seen in individuals with diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetic state). Both forms of the condition can progress to cirrhosis. Liver cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease whereby liver tis...

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