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A new study revealed that a natural sugar called trehalose helped prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)in mice.
Dr. Brian DeBosch, MD, Ph.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist found that Trehalose, a natural sugar found in plants and insects, may help combat the toxic levels of fat that can build up in the liver.
Mice in the study also lost fat, and had lower cholesterol, fatty acids, and triglycerides, but Dr. Debosch warns that there is still research needing to be done to address whether the mice lost bone or muscle mass as well.
Dr. Debosch encourages his patients to always avoid foods like sugar-sweetened beverages that have added fructose as consumption of sugars, especially fructose found in junk food and sodas, can lead to fatty liver disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other health risks.
According to an article from Scientific American, Latinos deal with higher risks of NAFLD, due to a gene called PNPLA3. Other health risks that are associated with NAFLD also are high risks for Latinos, such as diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Some ways to help combat stress on the liver include healthy eating, daily exercise and lower consumption of pain relievers, alcohol, and sugary foods.
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