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Almost a fifth of adults and as many as 70 percent of people with type II diabetes have fatty liver disease.

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I am a 54-year-old man with type II diabetes, diagnosed five years ago. I am 10 kilos overweight, but I try to exercise when I can. Recently I was diagnosed with a “fatty liver,” or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which I am told could lead to cirrhosis of the liver and serious consequences. Is there any way – through lifestyle changes – to avert the evil decree and rid myself of my fatty liver?
– M.R., Beersheba

Prof. Ran Tur-Kaspa, chairman of the liver institute and internal medicine D department at Petah Tikva’s Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus, replies: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is usually a part of metabolic syndrome associated with type II diabetes, overweight and too much low-density lipoprotein (“bad cholesterol”). It results from improper nutrition, excessive eating, the lack of physical activity, and too much stress. Excess fats and triglycerides build up inside liver cells, causing swelling and inflammation.

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