The type of food consumed has an impact on the livers' health. Junk foods like pizzas, chaat, vada pav, bhujias, samosas, burgers, frankies, french fries, rolls and wraps not only increase waistline, but they also damage the liver.
Liver is the engine room of the human body, which helps to digest food and remove toxins. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may occur in people who do not consume alcohol. NAFLD is a common problem in overweight and obese people who eat junk food. Factors like diabetes, obesity and elevated triglycerides causes damage the liver as alcohol does to the liver.
Excess fat accumulates in NAFLD, in the form of excessive triglycerides in the liver, which occupy 5 percent of liver cells called hepatocytes.
Excess fat causes injury to liver cells, which causes inflammation and fibrosis. There is an increased risk of liver failure, liver cancer and complete dysfunction of the liver.
Around 32 percent of the Indian population is affected by fatty liver disease. Factors like sedentary lifestyle, consumption of junk foods, elevated blood sugar levels, obesity, smoking, and high consumption of alcohol are the leading causes of high incidence of fatty liver disease.
A well balanced diet, regular exercise and physical activity help to prevent NAFLD.