Nearly 50% of the Indian population scanned for it will be detected with non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), that’s how prevalent it is. Considered a silent killer, with no major symptoms, the disease, if left undetected, can over the years lead to severe fibrosis or cirrhosis and even liver cancer.
Luckily, with the advent of a simple ‘FibroScan’, which should be got done every 2-3 years, it is now possible to measure liver stiffness and fatty changes in the liver for taking early remedial action.
Dr Yogesh K Chawla giving his presentation at CMC Hospital Chandigarh
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These views were shared in a public awareness meeting by Dr Yogesh K. Chawla, well known hepatologist and former Director of PGIMER Chandigarh, during a lecture to mark International NASH (Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis or Fatty Liver) Day at CMC Hospital Chandigarh on Thursday. The meeting was organised by The Indian National Association for Study of the Liver.
Emphasising the importance of the liver and its complex functions, Dr Chawla said it keeps the body healthy by handling and regulating sugars, protein and fats and detoxifying drugs and toxins. Non alcoholic fatty liver disease if left unattended, over a period of time severely affects a person’s quality of life. It can lead to fatigue and tiredness and can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and even cancer. Depression also has a close association with this disease, he said.
Once detected, the management of the disease involves modifications in a patient’s lifestyle, including adding micronutrient-rich diet and coffee and avoiding fructose-containing sodas and juices. No alcohol, no smoking. Exercising regularly is a must.
Participants in the public awareness meeting
Recommended diet for patients of non alcoholic fatty liver disease includes apples and grapes, green leafy vegetables, beetroot and carrot, green tea and garlic, citrus fruits, cabbage and turmeric.
Studies have shown that yoga asanas like kapal bhati, pranayama, matsyasana (fish pose), gomukhasana (cow face pose) and paripurna navasana (boat pose) are of great help, Dr Chawla added.
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