This won’t be the first time I’ve issued a warning about fatty liver. And unless something changes overnight, it won’t be the last, either.
Because as it stands, rates of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are skyrocketing in this country. And it’s no wonder why. Much like diabetes, NAFLD is silent, and can stay that way for years. So a lot of people just don’t give it a second thought.
But that’s a mistake — a really big one. Because as new research so terrifyingly illustrates, NAFLD puts more than your liver’s health in the crosshairs. It literally shrinks your brain, too.
In fact, having non-alcoholic fatty liver disease ages your brain by more than four extra years if you’re in your 60s or 70s. And by more than seven extra years if you’re younger than 60.
That’s the conclusion of a recent study featured in JAMA Neurology late last year. And allow me to repeat it, so the seriousness really sinks in: Liver fat appears to have a direct link to premature brain aging.
This association holds, even after accounting for other factors that put your brain at risk — like heart disease, diabetes, smoking, drinking, high BMI, a sedentary lifestyle, or menopause. This latest study’s numbers show that NAFLD will age your brain regardless — and the younger you are, the more prominent the effect. (Though even in people over 75, NAFLD was linked with an extra year-and-a-half’s worth of brain aging.)
As far as I’m concerned, this discovery comes in the nick of time. Previous studies have linked NAFLD with cognitive impairment and slowed brain activity. And considering the current trend in Alzheimer’s statistics, I can only hope the world is paying attention.
Because you know what? We’re doing this to ourselves. And we can stop doing it, too.
NAFLD is just another deadly example of how sugar kills. And as with most of our worst health problems these days, you need only evaluate the contents of your refrigerator and pantry for a solution.
Let me just be perfectly clear: Fatty liver is completely preventable. And my A-List diet is the best weapon you have in the fight against this silent and dangerous disease.
But it’s a particularly critical strategy when it comes to brain health. Because as it stands, there’s no mainstream “cure” for neurodegenerative diseases, like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Granted, we’re making great strides in the nutritional supplement world. But you can forget about conventional medicine — they have absolutely nothing to offer.
So I’m going to conclude this discussion with two suggestions…
The first is to catch up on everything I’ve ever written about fighting fatty liver disease. (You can start with the in-depth article featured in the November 2012 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. Subscribers have access to all of this in my archives — so if you haven’t yet, sign up today.)
The second is to check out my brand-new Drug-Free Protocol for Reversing Alzheimer’s and Dementia, which I introduced just last week. Because protecting your brain’s health may be as simple as keeping liver fat in check — but it’s certainly not the only strategy that can prevent (and even reverse) cognitive decline.