Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cases of Fatty Liver problem increases among Singaporeans

Singapore is a developed country with people having an affluent lifestyle. With the rise in affluence, many young people are not getting affected by liver problems. Fatty liver problem is generally considered to be an old age problem, but now fatty liver is becoming common among young people who drink little or no alcohol.

"The incidence of fatty liver in Singapore is increasing just like in most parts of the developed world. Many of the relatively young people whom I treat for gallstone disease also have fatty liver," says Pierce Chow, senior consultant at the Department of General Surgery of Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.

A fatty liver is an abnormal accumulation of fats in the liver cells. Non-alcoholic fatty liver is closely linked to obesity, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, conditions which are also on the rise in the developed countries. Studies have shown that 80 per cent of obese people and 70 per cent of people with diabetes have fatty liver disease. High cholesterol and high blood pressure are also correlated with fatty liver although fatty liver can be found among the young and thin with no high blood pressure.

The western medicine does not have a good cure for fatty liver. Most of the patients have to depend on diet control and exercise to reverse it. However, if fatty liver is not managed properly, it can lead to a more serious liver disease called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) where the fatty liver becomes inflamed. NASH may progress to permanent scarring and hardening of the liver, a condition called liver cirrhosis. People with liver cirrhosis have a higher risk of liver cancer. A fatty liver also carries a higher risk of liver failure, should surgery of the liver be required. The good news is that alternative medicine or ayurvedic medicine is proven to be quite effective in the treatment of fatty liver. One such ayurvedic product is Kamalahar ( which is very effective in the treatment of fatty liver. Along with taking Kamalahar, patients suffering from fatty liver must follow diet control. They must avoid alcohol completely and minimize the intake of fatty and oily food. The patients have to cut down on carbohydrates and eliminate refined sugar, e.g no sugar in coffee. They have to eat plenty of vegetables, whole grains, pulses and legumes. Apart from diet control, if the patients do regular exercise than it can help speed up the recovery. If possible, they should exercise at least five times a week. Each session should last at least 30 minutes. It can be any form of exercise but it should at least raise the pulse rate moderately.


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