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What is fatty liver disease?

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What is fatty liver disease?

Did you know? 70 to 90 million Americans have fatty liver disease. Most people have no idea they have it. In fact, you probably haven’t even heard of it. My colleague Dr. Mark Hyman recently posted on this topic, and if you’re following the Fast Metabolism Diet, a lot of this will sound very familiar.

Fatty liver is exactly what it sounds like: Fat collects around your liver causing all kinds of problems. You’ve probably heard of foie gras — that’s French for “fatty liver.” It’s made by force-feeding ducks and geese large amounts of corn, which converts to sugar in their bodies, and quickly adds fat to the birds’ livers. Shortly thereafter, you can order that foie gras in a restaurant.

The process is not that different for humans: too much sugar — and things that turn to sugar in the body, like corn and refined flours — fatten up your liver just like they do to that poor duck’s liver.

And once you’ve got a fatty liver, it increases the likelihood for all sorts of other problems, including:

  • Inflammation
  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance
Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman on fatty liver disease

Dr. Hyman explains it so well in this video, I wanted to share it. I’ve been privileged to work with Dr. Hyman on several occasions. He’s an eloquent and passionate speaker for what we both believe in: Using food as medicine to heal your body.