Eating fast food can cause liver damage


Quoting a Swedish study by Dr. Fredrik H. Nystrom of University Hospital of Linkoping, published in the medical journal Gut, Padma Shri, Dr. B C Roy National Awardee & DST National Science Communication Awardee, Dr. K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Sr National Vice President Indian Medical Association said, “Eating at least two fast foods meals every day and restricting levels of physical activity to no more than 5,000 steps a day can lead to signs of liver damage or weight gain.”

In the study, at the end of the 4 weeks, the fast food eaters had put on an average of 6.5 kilograms (14.3 pounds). After just 1 week on the fast food diet, blood tests showed sharp increases in a liver enzyme called SGPT. SGPT levels were more than quadrupled over the 4–week study period. Increased SGPT levels are used to diagnose liver disease before symptoms develop. In 11 fast food dieters, SGPT rose to levels suggestive of liver damage. The SGPT increases were linked to weight gain and higher sugar and carbohydrate intake.

Sutra: Eating 2 fast food meals a day, walking < 5000 steps a day can cause liver damage or gain weight as per a Swedish study.

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