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February 11, 2021 Clinical ResearchliverPCOS0

Approximately 1 in 10 women of childbearing age experiences Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the leading cause of infertility, among the many other symptoms this condition creates. A growing body of evidence shows PCOS is linked to other health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, mental illness, and others. In the last few years, fatty liver has also been listed in connection with PCOS. More than ever, those diagnosed need to be vigilant about self-care and overall wellbeing. By falling in love with your health now, you can head off medical issues later.

Why PCOS and Fatty Liver are Linked

PCOS is the acronym for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and is an imbalance of the reproductive hormones. Higher than normal male hormone (androgens) and insulin levels are the top factors in developing PCOS. The imbalance causes issues in the ovaries that affect how the eggs develop and when they are released. Infertility, ovarian cysts, excess hair, weight gain, and acne are common signs.

15-55% of women with PCOS experience liver disease, explore research studies today

When you look at the connection of PCOS to other health conditions like diabetes, fatty liver, and heart disease, the answer is in the risk factors. Fatty liver is highly prevalent in women with PCOS due to the following factors:

  • Being overweight
  • High triglycerides
  • Elevated LDL cholesterol level
  • Excessive consumption of fat, sugar, and refined foods
  • Lack of exercise

The factors listed above can cause the unhealthy accumulation of fat cells in the liver. Though a healthy liver will contain some fat, too much fat can lead to fatty liver disease. Lifestyle changes must occur along with early testing and intervention to prevent the progression of NAFLD, NASH, liver cirrhosis, and failure.

You ARE at Risk with PCOS

If you have PCOS, talk with your doctor about regular screenings to check your liver’s health. In most cases, liver disease can be prevented or even reversed if caught early enough with healthier living. You can love your health by starting the changes now. Some examples include:

  • Exercising at least 150 minutes a week at a moderate pace.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Avoiding excess consumption of foods that are processed, high in sugar, and high in unhealthy fats. Instead, go for more vegetables, lean meats, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and are liver-friendly.
  • Avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
  • Keep chronic conditions managed.

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The connection between fatty liver and PCOS is still relatively new. Clinical research studies continue to help us learn more about the relationships between the two conditions. The knowledge we gain allows us to design better ways to detect, prevent, and treat PCOS and fatty liver. Arizona Liver Health is seeking participants to join studies looking into potential new options for women with PCOS and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). To learn more, call (480) 470-4000, or visit our website.

 

References:

https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/polycystic-ovary-syndrome

https://www.verywellhealth.com/pcos-preventing-fatty-liver-disease-2616334


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January 12, 2021 Clinical Researchliver0

Performing over 5,000 vital functions to sustain life and regeneration are some of the liver’s most remarkable features. It truly is an extraordinary organ, but it is not invincible. The celebrations of the holidays can add extra strain to your liver. If you have liver disease, these overindulgences can cause lasting effects. It’s the new year, but you have the same liver. While you are making your resolutions, consider a new diet to keep your liver healthy.

Your Liver’s Depending on You

The liver filters everything you eat and drink, and that is absorbed into your body. It can’t control what you put into it, but you can control how well it functions. Chronic alcohol consumption and foods high in saturated fats and processed sugars take a toll on the liver. These cause some of the most common liver conditions, such as alcohol and non-alcohol related fatty liver diseases.

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Each liver patient has individual diet needs, so talk with your doctor about what’s right for you. Here are some general tips everyone’s liver can benefit from:

Foods good for the liver in addition to a balanced diet:

  • Coffee– Lowers the risk of cirrhosis, or permanent liver damage, in people with chronic liver disease.
  • Grapefruit– Grapefruit contain antioxidants that naturally protect the liver from injury.
  • Blueberries and Cranberries– Consuming these fruits for 3–4 weeks has been shown to protect the liver from damage.
  • Foods High in Fiber– Fiber helps your liver work at an optimal level.
  • Drink Plenty of Water– Water helps your liver function better by keeping your body hydrated.

Foods to avoid:

  • Any foods high in saturated fats
  • Those containing high levels of sugar and salt
  • Stay clear of fried foods, including fast food restaurant meals
  • Raw or undercooked shellfish should be avoided as well
  • If you are allowed alcohol, limit to one drink per day

The Silent Killer

Liver disease is progressive and typically takes years to develop. Often, there are no noticeable signs of an issue until the later stages. Diabetes, alcoholism, and obesity are the top risk factors. If you’re at risk, schedule a FREE fibroscan to check your liver health with us today. Fibroscans are a quick, non-invasive, painless scan that can determine if you have nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) or other fatty liver diseases. If your results indicate an abnormal function, our staff will discuss enrolling you in one of our liver disease studies here at Arizona Liver Health.

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Clinical research studies and the volunteers who participate in them make advancements in liver patients’ healthcare possible. To learn how you can get involved, call us at (480) 470-4000, or visit our study listing on our website.

References:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-foods-for-your-liver#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2

https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/health-wellness/nutrition/?gclid=CjwKCAiAoOz-BRBdEiwAyuvA69fghB4XiYIBdlbZL4zIf8PEl2b-ju8gvq3IdkqgcN7Kl6VEn4gf6hoCNO0QAvD_BwE


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September 14, 2020 fibroscanliver0

Your liver performs over 500 vital functions in your body. If it is not functioning the way it should, your health could take a turn for the worse. If you are at risk of liver disease, checking your liver's health is extremely important to avoid irreversible damage.



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