Fast food consumption linked to life-threatening disease

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists from the US have shown that the consumption of “fast food” is associated with the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – a potentially life-threatening condition in which fat accumulates in this organ.

Fast food is probably loved everywhere, but residents of the United States are especially guilty of this.

Although there are many studies that have shown that eating such food is associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

However, little is known about the impact of fast food on the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which also affects more than 30 percent of the United States population.

This pathological condition can lead to cirrhosis and scarring of this organ, which, in turn, greatly increases the risk of developing cancer or liver failure.

Scientists from the University of Southern California analyzed the results of the National Health and Nutrition Survey for 2017-2018, which involved approximately four thousand US adults.

It turned out that in people with obesity or diabetes (regardless of other factors including age, gender, alcohol consumption, physical activity), who consume 20 percent or more of fast food calories daily, the level of adipose tissue in the liver is significantly higher in compared to those who eat less fast food or none at all.

The general population (i.e. even those who are not diabetic and obese ) show moderate accumulation of liver fat when a fifth (or more) of their diet is “eating on the go”.

The results of the study also showed that even a relatively small amount of fast food high in carbohydrates and fats can harm the liver.

“If people eat once a day at a fast food restaurant, they may think they are not harming their bodies.

But if such a meal is at least one-fifth of their daily calories, they are putting their liver at risk, ”said Ani Kardashian, MD, and first author of the study. In addition, the only treatment for NAFLD is diet.

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