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New Weight Loss Findings from Shanghai Jiao-Tong University School of Medicine Described

NewsRx.com

01-24-14

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Hepatitis Weekly -- New research on Weight Loss is the subject of a report. According to news originating from Shanghai, People's Republic of China, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) encompasses a spectrum ranging from simple steatosis to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which causes an increased risk of cirrhosis, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular complications. With the worldwide growing incidence of obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy dietary pattern, NAFLD has currently been recognized as a major health burden."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Shanghai Jiao-Tong University School of Medicine, "Dietary patterns and nutrients are the important contributors to the development, progression, and treatment of NAFLD and associated metabolic comorbidities. Generally, hypercaloric diet, especially rich in trans/saturated fat and cholesterol, and fructose-sweetened beverages seem to increase visceral adiposity and stimulate hepatic lipid accumulation and progression into non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, whereas reducing caloric intake, increasing soy protein and whey consumption, and supplement of monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics have preventive and therapeutic effects. In addition, choline, fiber, coffee, green tea, and light alcohol drinking might be protective factors for NAFLD. Based on available data, at least 3-5% of weight loss, achieved by hypocaloric diet alone or in conjunction with exercise and behavioral modification, generally reduces hepatic steatosis, and up to 10% weight loss may be needed to improve hepatic necroinflammation. A sustained adherence to diet rather than the actual diet type is a major predictor of successful weight loss. Moreover, a healthy diet has benefits beyond weight reduction on NAFLD patients whether obese or of normal weight."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Therefore, nutrition serves as a major route of prevention and treatment of NAFLD, and patients with NAFLD should have an individualized diet recommendation."

For more information on this research see: Role of diet and nutritional management in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2013;28 Suppl 4():81-7. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1440-1746)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from J.G. Fan, Dept. of Gastroenterology, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Children's Digestion and Nutrition, Shanghai, People's Taiwan (see also Weight Loss).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Shanghai, Treatment, Alcoholism, Weight Loss, Fatty Liver Disease, Alcoholic Fatty Liver, Digestive System Diseases, People's Republic of China.

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