If it is said that it is important to take care to observe a balanced diet, it is certainly not for nothing. When we accumulate excesses, it is indeed possible to develop pathologies which can turn out to be more or less serious. Among these, the “soda sickness”also known as NASH or of “fatty liver disease”. Scientifically speaking of non-alcoholic fatty liver diseasea disorder that affects more and more people in France and is characterized by “excess fat in the liver, which is not due to high alcohol consumption”.
According to a study conducted by theInserm and published in the journal Gastroenterology, more than 200,000 people are said to be suffering from a severe form of soda disease in France. Statistically, this disease would mainly affect men over 50, but also women after menopause, although it can also affect younger patients. The soda disease would also be more frequent, according to the study, in people who suffer from diabetes, obesity and who drink more than one can of sugary drink (soda…) or who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day. “A person who is overweight – even slightly – diabetes, cholesterol, triglycerides, or high blood pressure, has a greater risk of developing NASH and must therefore be particularly vigilant”alerts Prof. Patrick Marcellinhepatologist at Beaujon Hospital, in the columns of Women’s Journal.
NASH or “soda disease”: what are the causes?
The cause of this disease, which can evolve into cirrhosis or even cancer, if not diagnosed or properly treated, is rather a dramatic combination for health that combines a sedentary lifestyle and an unbalanced diet. As reported Marie-Francethey are mainly foods that are too sweet and too fatty which can cause the onset of soda sickness, which is actually rather aptly named. By dint of abusing it, a layer of fat can indeed form around the liver, up to representing in the most serious cases 5% of its total mass.
NASH or “soda disease”: what are the symptoms?
A disease therefore not to be taken lightly, especially since it is often silent. It may happen that some people who suffer from NASH do not show any visible symptoms. Some signs can still tell you that something is wrong, including: a swollen belly, jaundice of the skin and eyes, itching, recurrent mental confusion…
NASH or “soda disease”: how to treat it?
Also, you should know that unfortunately there is no no treatment for this disease. The only way to protect yourself would therefore be to drastically modify your lifestyle by eating healthier and starting to practice regular physical activity. If you have risk factors, or if you feel concerned, a diagnosis by a specialist is essential in order to react before it is too late. This will initially consist of a blood test, combined with a liver examination.
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