Mediterranean Diet Improves Liver Function

Mediterranean Diet Improves Liver Function

A recent study suggests that adhering to the Mediterranean diet can prevent the onset of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and alleviate symptoms for those already affected.  NAFLD involves the accumulation of fat in the liver, known as steatosis. The progression of NAFLD may lead to liver damage and increase the risk of chronic illnesses like kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.  The study also emphasized the role of extra virgin olive oil, a key component of the Mediterranean diet, in promoting health, and researchers suggested that the diet might be crucial for preventing NAFLD onset in the broader population.

The Mediterranean diet, even for just one year, was found to improve NAFLD conditions and positively impact gut microbiota. Lifestyle interventions, including weight loss, exercise, and adopting the Mediterranean diet, are crucial as there is currently no medication to cure NAFLD. 

The study focused on metabolic syndrome patients over 60, showing that stricter adherence to the Mediterranean diet led to substantial improvements in gut microbiota. The gut microbiota’s composition is crucial for immune and metabolic functions, and changes observed in the study implied improved gut health and reduced risk of chronic illnesses.

However, the researchers acknowledged the need for further assessment beyond the specific sample used in the study.

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