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J. Clin. Med. 2017, 6(9), 88; doi:10.3390/jcm6090088

Can Diet Help Non-Obese Individuals with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)?

Department of Pharmacy, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Academic Editor: Paul Huang
Received: 14 August 2017 / Revised: 11 September 2017 / Accepted: 13 September 2017 / Published: 19 September 2017
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Abstract

Subjects diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or hepatic steatosis are usually obese or overweight. NAFLD has also been reported in many non-obese healthy subjects as an incidental finding during imaging. Subjects with early-stage NAFLD who are otherwise healthy are often left unmanaged in current clinical practice; it is not clear if an early intervention in those individuals would be of any benefit in preventing NAFLD progression to more serious conditions. Since many of these subjects are non-alcoholic and have a normal body mass index (BMI), an intensive lifestyle change program is not usually recommended. This report presents an otherwise healthy non-alcoholic subject with incidental NAFLD having a normal BMI and a waist circumference below 90 cm who successfully reversed his condition by undertaking a lifestyle intervention. The case report is expected to encourage large cohort studies to substantiate the benefits of dietary interventions in alleviating hepatic steatosis among non-obese individuals. View Full-Text
Keywords: diabetes risk; insulin resistance; fatty liver disease; hyperinsulinemia; NAFLD; NASH; intensive lifestyle change program diabetes risk; insulin resistance; fatty liver disease; hyperinsulinemia; NAFLD; NASH; intensive lifestyle change program
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Merchant, H.A. Can Diet Help Non-Obese Individuals with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)? J. Clin. Med. 2017, 6, 88.

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