Every chemical that makes it into your bloodstream – be it through your lungs, stomach, or skin – meets up with your liver at some point. Since your liver is your body’s best defense when it comes to filtering out all those toxins, you need to treat it well.
– Suzanne Somers
Teetotaler Looking For Liver Transplant
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease caused by obesity. The headline in the St. Louis Post Dispatch begs the question, ‘What causes obesity and how do you fix it?” Don’t ask the question and you might have to get in line for a liver transplant.
It is rather ironic that a clean living church going person can suffer from the same liver disease that alcoholics are best known for, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, and their only sin is that they are obese. Even worse, this condition can show up in children too.
Dr. Mauricio Lisker-Melman from Washington University believes awareness is important because obesity is on the rise, (I think it’s obvious – just look around) and recommends lifestyle changes for those wishing to avoid or mitigate such a condition while admitting lifestyle change is rare and difficult to achieve.
There is much debate as to the genesis of the obesity epidemic, but I think the doc nailed it when he used the word “lifestyle”. My research leads me to believe that in most cases it is not sloth and gluttony, it’s not genetics, it is lifestyle which includes our culture, our agriculture, our environment at work and home, stress, education, economic social and political influences – bottom line it’s life in 2015.
I am not a doctor, I’m a coach and as such assist the people I engage in becoming intentional about their weight loss. Once we make progress there, add an education and support that will fuel a lifestyle change. One of the top hospitals in the country, The Cleveland Clinic came up with this list of benefits as a result of intentional weight loss (they offer bariatric surgery).
As you can see, simply losing the excess weight could considerably improve this and other conditions like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure to name a few regardless if you choose surgery, Weight Watchers, NutriSystem or my program achieve your goal.
To our own detriment, we as a culture have accepted obesity as the norm. The solution comes with the realization that obesity will eat you alive. Don’t delegate your wellness to your physician (they don’t have time) and don’t leave your diet up to the closest vendor. Be intentional about your health and create awareness in those you love and care about lest you find yourself looking for liver transplant.