| GEO Health|
| Fructose worsen liver disease|
| Updated at: 0944 PST, Friday, April 30, 2010|
NEW YORK: Modifiable risk factors such as cigarette smoking and fructose consumption can worsen nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), scientists have claimed.
With NAFLD, fat accumulates in the liver of overweight individuals despite drinking little alcohol, causing in some cases liver scarring that can lead to liver failure.
Identifying modifiable factors that contribute to disease severity and progression is essential in improving patient outcomes, according to recent studies.
NAFLD is the most common cause of liver disease worldwide and research suggests the number of cases will climb given an increasing trend toward higher fat diets, obesity, decreased physical activity, and a rise in diabetes.