Sunday, July 28, 2013

Physical activity and good regular diet can help prevent Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver

We should watch our waistline if we want to save ourselves from non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) or as it is commonly called, fatty liver.

Speaking during a programme organized to observe World Hepatitis Day many experts said obesity is one of the two main causes of NASH — which is the most extreme form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Though for a long time it was thought that excessive consumption of alcohol was the root cause of fatty liver, doctors said even non drinkers who are obese can suffer from this disease.

At one of the leading hospitals in Chennai, doctors said that out of 100 people who come in out-patients, at least 10 would have been diagnosed with fatty liver. Though out of that only five percent were diagnosed with NASH. Only good physical activity, mind free of stress and good and regular diet can help.

People who have diabetes, hypertension and hyper cholestrolemia, are also susceptible to it.
Over 2500 people who were screened in 13 different camps conducted by GGH this year so far including places like Madhavaram, Tambaram, Porur, Poonamallee and Periyapalayam. “42 of them were diagnosed with Hepatitis B and two were diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Identifying the infection early helped save the life of those people.

In 2012, RGGG Hospital has treated about 4000 patients and have conducted various awareness programmes including the one that would be conducted in Srinivasapuram, a fisherfolk locality near Marina Beach on Sunday. While the treatments were conducted free of cost under the CM health insurance scheme, doctors said it could otherwise cost Rs 3 lakh to treat ‘Hep C and Rs 2 lakh to treat Hep B.


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