nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Animal protein linked to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease risk in older, overweight patients

August 16, 2018 - 3:45 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and it is found in people as they get older, especially if they are obese. 

According to a new report, being overweight can increase the risk of this common condition. 

Now, a new report finds that animal protein intake independent of other sources of food was associated with a greater prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. 

According to the study, the previous thought that sugar was linked to fatty liver disease was not supported. It was animal protein that actually was associated with a 40% increased risk of the condition, which is found mostly in overweight, elderly Caucasians. 

This particular study was conducted in Rotterdam. Fatty liver disease can be a precursor to more serious liver issues. 

Another form of fatty liver disease, called alcoholic liver disease, is aggressive and, when combined with a poor diet, can have a dramatic effect.