Total Calorie Consumption Tied to Liver Disease

There has been speculation that glucose and fructose levels in the diet were the main culprits in liver disease. However, a recent study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology suggests it is the total calories consumed, not the intake of the above referenced sugars, which are responsible for the increased risk factors in liver disease (Cirrhosis of the liver). 

In a controlled, double-blind placebo study of healthy but overweight men, the participants did not show any signs of increased liver damage when fed a maintenance diet that sustained their weight. When placed on the weight gaining diet of either high sugar intake or simply high calories, both groups showed an increase in the features of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, including steatosis (fatty liver), elevated serum transaminase, and triglycerides.

The research does indicate that even short term sessions of overeating and large caloric intake can have a significant negative impact on a person’s health.

The study did not spell out exactly what the breakdown of foods were in the weight gaining session, so we do not know if there were a lot of simple carbohydrates, which convert to sugar rather quickly in the body, and are therefore essentially the same thing as sugar.

However, it becomes clear that having the liver process a high volume of material (food) has a negative impact on this critical organ, and to our overall health. Controlling the volume and types of foods we choose to consume is vital to our health. This ties into the reduced calorie diet as the only proven life extension formula.

With the liver responsible for over 90 separate functions, and our health conditional on the condition of our liver, a plan to improve our diet and feed the liver the 46 essentials nutrients our body needs for optimal health, is important. The SONA (Suggested Optimal Nutrient Allowances) Study should be a basis for our health, along with special ingredients that have the ability to clear fatty acids and toxins from our tortured liver. Humulone (a specialized hops extract) research suggests these molecules may be the best single nutrient for this purpose. Double blind studies suggest that humulones are a viable approach to combatting liver damage. (See our Blood Sugar Health products, particularly Diabetes Defense.)