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Sugar Intake Not Linked With Liver Disease

Update Date: Nov 04, 2013 01:06 PM EST

Sugar intake is not directly linked with fatty liver disease, a new study affirms.

Instead, the study finds, diets with high calorific value promote the progression of this deadly form of liver disease.

A double-blind study was conducted on people who were healthy but also overweight. They considered the two types of sugar intake, glucose and fructose. The study was also performed in the two conditions, moderate-calorie diet and high-calorie diet. Researchers named moderate-calorie diet as weight-maintaing and high-calorie diet as weight gaining.

In weight gaining period it was found that both diets produced similar features of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease which also included steatosis.

“Based on the results of our study, recommending a low- fructose or low-glycemic diet to prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is unjustified,” Professor Ian A. Macdonald, study author and faculty of medicine and health sciences, University of Nottingham, UK, said according to Deccan Chronicle.

“The best advice to give a patient is to maintain a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. Our study serves as a warning that even short changes in lifestyle can have profound impacts on your liver,” he added.

The results of the study concluded that fructose and glucose have comparable effects on patients liver. On the other hand, calorie intake is the main factor which is responsible for the progression of the deadly liver disease.

The study is published in the official journal of American Gastroenterological Association, Gastroenterology.

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