What is a reason other than hepatitis for liver enzymes to be elevated in the blood?
I had a blood test done, and my liver enzymes were high. However, they were no higher then they were four years ago, when they tested me for hepatitis.
I’m not a drinker, or a smoker, and I’m wondering what else could possibly cause this.
Some of the other reasons for elevated liver enzymes are obesity, elevated triglycerides, overuse of OTC and prescription drugs, iron overload, gallstones, fatty liver (NASH and NAFLD) and cirrhosis.
The most likely reason may be Metabolic Syndrome, the constellation of conditions related to insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar. Fatty liver diseases, NASH and NAFLD, are related.
Adopting a diet that includes increased leafy green vegetables, moderate lean protein and reduced sugars and starches is recommended. Some researchers believe that they have evidence that suggests the insidious use of high fructose corn syrup in so many products is creating a kidney and liver disease epidemic.
Here’s a list of non-HFCS products:
Exercise is also extremely important.
If you have a family history of liver disease and diabetes you might consider getting your storage iron tested for iron overload.
Please also check out my other answer about fatty liver here:
Hope this helps some!
What are the main dangers of childhood obesity?
What are the dangers of childhood obesity? I see kids getting bigger and bigger every day and apparently fatness and obesity are causing major diseases later on in life.
It is being described as an epidemic now as the number of children suffering from overweight and obesity has increased immensely over the last thirty years in the western world: doubled among children and tripled among teens in United States.
• If your child is overweight now, s(he) is a lot more likely to become overweight as an adult: 50% chance if one of the parents is obese, up to 80% chance if both parents are. And the extra weight they carry can be extremely damaging in the short and long term.
• When they are adults, losing weight can become extremely difficult for obese children as the weight gain has to do with increased size and number of fat cells, and they will not be able to reduce the number of fat cells when they lose weight as adults. Getting leaner will require a lot more effort for them!
• A new study suggests that the best way to find out if your child is on his / her way to suffer from obesity and its complications is to measure the BMI- body mass index as some children at risk don’t even look overweight and the body mass index for children changes with their age unlike adults.
This is from http://www.glycemic-index.org/dangers-of-childhood-obesity.html
Physical Dangers of Childhood Obesity:
• Pre-diabetes and type II diabetes.
• High cholesterol, particularly triglycerides and LDL- bad cholesterol.
• Early hardening of arteries.
• Hyperlipidemia- too much fat in blood that may lead to clogging of arteries.
• Cardiovascular complications.
should the government regulate the food we eat to prevent obesity?
Should the government regulate the food we eat to prevent obesity? i’m pro, but can’t think of a lot of ideas.
Interestingly, the U.S. Federal government already does the exact opposite via the Farm Bill. I don’t think it was their intention, but today this bill has become a primary factor in america’s rising obesity. It subsidizes specific crops, in particular corn and soy. This makes it difficult for fruit and vegetable farmers to compete in places like your local supermarket. Ever wonder why that bag of chips (soy) is .25 cents and the 1L soda is only a $1 (corn), but that banana is $1.25? Ever wonder why there are so many chip and soda choices in the corner convenience store, but little more than apples and oranges in terms of fresh produce? The farm bill holds the answers. Did you know 50% of all of the fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. Are grown in California’s Central Valley? The bread basket of American meanwhile? It’s one giant basket of corn and soy fields. Two crops!
As evidenced by the Farm Bill, the federal government does a lousy job regulating food stuffs. I don’t think it is in our interest as a people to give the federal government an opportunity to do further harm. The only opportunity we should give them is one that undoes the farm bill. After that, change should really begin at the level of the local community & state government.
People need to start demanding parks where their children can play and fresh produce from their local farmers and grocery stores. Local communities need to come together to be a voice for the poorest demographics…these are often the places with NO parks and NO grocery stores and the HIGHEST obesity & LOWEST life expectancy. We need to educate each other on healthy eating habits, the tricks that advertisers and restaurant menus play on us, and the consequences & struggles that come with obesity. Employees need to start demanding that their companies provide them with wellness incentives – a full hour of lunch so they can actually fit in a work out, gyms in the buildings, sit-stand desks, health care credits for maintaining healthy numbers, work-life balance.
Our country is massive in scale. Assuming one policy will work everywhere isn’t the solution and that’s exactly how Congress would approach this problem. They may have played a large role in causing this epidemic, but it’s up to us, as a people, to create local solutions that work for our communities and our neighboring communities.
Is it healthy to use a Rice cooker?
Is it healthy practice to cook rice in rice cooker? My mil says the starch is absorbed in water so it is not good for health and leads to obesity and diabetes. If i boil rice normally i will throw thr starch and it wont b harmful that way. Does anyone of u agree to this?
It’s fine. Yes, it’s a very healthy way to cook rice. A good quality pan with tight-fitting lid would do the same thing as the rice cooker, hold in the water & nutrients, & that’s what is supposed to happen. The rice absorbs the water & retains all the nutrients, including the starch. The only difference I’ve heard is that the rice cooker either times it for you or detects when the water is all absorbed, so it’s less likely to scorch in the pan. It cooks perfect rice every time, or so I’ve heard.
I wouldn’t worry about the starch. There are so many other things that are worse that might cause obesity & diabetes, that the starch in our rice is the least of our worries. If it were a big problem, then there would have been huge epidemics of these problems in all the countries that use rice as the basis for their ethnic cooking. Instead, what we see is problems among children of immigrants eating American food & developing typical American health problems. I seriously doubt if their problems begin with the starch that they’re getting from the rice that their mothers cook in rice cookers at home.
Just say “mmm…interesting. There always seem to be so many opinions & statistics on all of this stuff,” or “Good grief! What next?” kind of non-committal whenever your mil comes up with these things. Tell her you’ll think it over, but continue to do as you please. Maybe ask her from time to time for one of her recipes that you like. I’m just saying, there are other ways to maintain a friendly relationship than to take what she says as the final word in nutrition & cooking.
Since you do seem to find it interesting, you might also enjoy doing your own reading & note taking on other nutrition topics, sharing them with her, & asking her opinion, all the while under no obligation to accept those opinions. Discuss the Mediterranean Diet or whatever. If it always leads to strong disputes, then avoid the subject after that.
What is the relationship between obesity epidemic and diabetes epidemic?
Insulin resistance. The increase in mass requires the pancreas to pump more insulin. If that person is also inactive and eats a lot of carbs causing even more stress on insulin production then the body resists by making your cells less receptive to insulin and then your pancreas shuts down the insulin production cells in response (by the time most type 2 diabetics are diagnosed they are already down 50%.in insulin production).
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