New research suggests that spending long hours sitting down and having less physical activity can increase the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This disease can potentially lead to liver failure and death.
My apologies, here’s the sentence in active voice: Seungho Ryu from Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in South Korea asserts that middle-aged Koreans who engage in prolonged sitting and reduced physical activity have a higher prevalence of NAFLD. The researchers analyzed the health records of almost 140,000 Koreans who underwent a medical check-up between March 2011 and December 2013.
The study emphasizes the importance of staying physically active and avoiding prolonged periods of inactivity to prevent NAFLD. Encourage individuals to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine and limit their time sitting or lying down. Particularly in front of electronic devices such as televisions and computers.
Researchers used the Korean version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire Short Form to study the relationship between physical activity and sitting time with fatty liver disease. They checked for fatty liver using ultrasonography on nearly 140,000 people who took a health examination in Korea between March 2011 and December 2013. Of these people, almost 40,000 had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
The study found that prolonged sitting time and reduced physical activity levels both increased the risk of NAFLD. Which was higher even for people who were not obese. Professor Michael Trenell of Newcastle University in England said that our sedentary lifestyle is harmful and leads to low muscle activity and health problems.
What is fatty Liver?
A fatty liver is a condition where too much fat accumulates in the liver cells. This can happen due to various reasons, such as obesity, insulin resistance, high levels of triglycerides, or diabetes. If left untreated, fatty liver disease can progress to a more severe condition known as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Which can cause inflammation and liver damage, leading to liver cirrhosis, liver failure, and even liver cancer.
Doctors used to think that heavy alcohol consumption was the main cause of fatty liver disease. Therefore, if a patient did not seem to drink heavily, the doctor might have been surprised. However, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasingly common and the leading cause of liver disease worldwide. It is often linked to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.