In NASH, there is an accumulation of excess fat, inflammation, damage, and scarring, in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol. NASH is often called silent liver disease, because it has almost no symptoms. The people who are affected by it often feel well, and are unaware that there’s even a problem. NASH is very serious and can lead to cirrhosis of the liver.
Let me explain how it happens.
Sugar is composed of glucose and fructose. Fructose and alcohol are both processed by the liver. If you think about it, alcohol is just sugar that’s been fermented. The liver uses fructose to create fat. Given enough fructose, fat begins to accumulate in the liver. A buildup of fat in the liver causes a condition known as called Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). 1 in 3 adults, and 1 in 10 children in America have NAFLD. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can become Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Astonishingly, you don’t have to be a drinker to develop cirrhosis of the liver, and Nash is now reported to be the most rapidly increasing indication for liver transplantation in young adults in the United States.
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