Silent killer: Doctors battling liver disease that threatens one-fifth of adults

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  • JKrong SLC, UT
    Jan. 4, 2016 9:15 a.m.

    Hi conservative scientist - great thoughts and comments. You are correct about the quote "fatty liver disease is becoming the biggest problem in our country" - that was taken a bit out of context in the article text - I was definitely referring to liver disease specifically.

  • djofraleigh raleigh, NC
    Jan. 2, 2016 4:51 p.m.

    Good article on the condition, especially on the difficult diagnosis, but where is the science behind the stated cause and prevention of diet? Seems the cause was just assumed. Did they consider studying if people who were breast fed can handle cholesterol better, or exercise, or anything else? Fat is generally one of the easiest things for the digestive track and body to handle. The patient was put on a Mediterranean diet Studies about cholesterol in northern Italians indicate there is a gene linked to handling cholesterol and longevity, and that high cholesterol is not significant after age 60 and actually good beyond age 80.Now I'm going to wonder when a test for non-alcoholic fatty liver is going to be found, but without treatment or proven prevention, it might not matter.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Jan. 2, 2016 4:34 p.m.

    Classic journalism fanning the flames of fear. All diseases are serious, and it is tragic that anyone suffers ill effects from fatty liver disease or any other disease. Part of the information in the article is incorrect. One expert states that "fatty liver disease is becoming the biggest problem in our country". It is possible that this may be true as far as the liver is specifically concerned (it is a liver expert who made the comment), but regarding overall death and disease it is not even close to the top of the list. It hasn't overtaken hepatitis C yet and hepatitis C isn't currently anywhere near the top of the list. Google it, or go to the CDC. Heart disease, multiple types of cancer, strokes, and a whole host of other ailments cause many more deaths and much more disability and suffering than NASH will ever cause. Also, many people will develop fatty liver, but will not suffer any ill effects whatsoever from it. I'm not saying fatty liver is not important, just that only one ailment can truly be "the biggest problem in our country" at a time.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 2, 2016 7:58 a.m.

    There is good iron and bad iron. Iodized salt. I haven't seen it around. I wonder why when Japan radio active air is floating over.

  • msl man Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 2, 2016 3:16 a.m.

    Most of the liver diseases also have corresponding organs of the body and brain the liver works with are from what your body does with the foods you eat. Most liver diseases are because of eating foods and sugars our body can't process or use so the liver creates and stores fat in the liver and skin layers of the body.

    Diet food, processed foods, soda pop, power drinks and granola bars and yogurt on unhealthy foods. Beer is healthy, salt is healthy, dairy is healthy, fresh fruits, vegetables, produce. Fatty meats, chicken, pork that is not corn fed is nutritious and safe to eat and good for the liver and digestion of food. Foods that cannot be digested is corn, seed oils (soybeans, corn, and canola) cause liver diseases.

    Any studies of organ diseases should compare food and nutrition using the FDA guide lines as a basis to determine nutritional foods that affect liver and other hormonal brain functions.