Very few research studies have upset me as much as this one telling doctors and researchers that if you have fatty liver disease there is NO risk to your survival! After finding out that 2 members in my Fatty liver disease support group died in December in their 30′s I am livid! My deepest sympathies to the families of these men, there was no reason for them to die and my heart is broken for them and you.
“The researchers analyzed data from more than 11,000 Americans, aged 20 to 74, who were followed for up to 18 years as part of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.”
What is missing is the 18 year period of this study. Did the study start in 1968? 1978? That is the only way I can take it seriously.
I have a group on Facebook with 185 members in it. They live with the disease daily, they come in and share the struggles and the emotions related to coping with this disease. They range in ages from 20 – 60. I personally have a 15 year old with the disease but she does not feel comfortable sharing in the group. This group was created 3 years ago when I was trying to find explanations for my daughters disease, hoping that others would join me in the group and help me understand my daughter.
In that 3 year period I have been aware of 7 deaths!
In the last 6 months the following deaths attributed to NAFLD.
1. Margie – in her 40′s and not diagnosed until the disease was in its late stages.
2. Joanie’s friend – On his deathbed he told her he has NAFLD and was to embarassed to tell anyone.
3. Matt – 30 years old – Thought he was winning the battle and was being analyzed for his suitability for a transplant
4. Wayne 37 years old.- Wayne died this week, He was fighting hard to try to lose enough weight to be considered for a transplant when his battle was lost.
If within my SMALL circle of friends I can tell you 4 stories in the last 6 months PLEASE tell me how this study is TRUE!.
Wayne and Matt lost their battle with this disease in their 30′s. This terrifies me for my 15 year old daughter, is she destined to live a short life?
This is scaring everyone in my group. I am begging everyone in there to please eliminate any White Bread, Any white rice, any white pasta! Do not eat products with fructose or artificial sugars, do not eat products with added sugars! Do not eat fatty meats, Do not eat fish contaminated by the pollution in our water ways! Do not eat products with large amounts of sodium! This is your wake up call! They are deadly!
Eat Gluten Free when possible. If you must eat bread make it sprouted organic breads, If you must eat pasta brown rice pasta , or at the minimum whole wheat pasta! If you must eat yogurt make it Greek organic! Add your own fruit! If you must drink a sweet drink, use a juicer and juice your oranges, apples, berries and make your own! If you must use a sweetener use stevia or pure maple syrup. If you must eat meat, make it organic if possible and make it white chicken, lean porks, Leanest beef. No sausages, no hotdogs, no packaged sandwich meat. If you must eat Bacon , then make it turkey or chicken bacon. If you need sandwich meat cook a roast and slice it up for the week! Eat tons of Vegetables , eat them raw if you can! Dip them in Greek yogurt! If you need snacks, consider Air popped popcorn! consider unsalted nuts! consider organic or gluten free cookies or crackers, if you need chips try making Kale chips, or sweet potato chips.
I know its not easy and that its scary, I know its a ton of change and no one likes change. BUT if a liver will give out within 30 years!! Don’t you think its time you give this critical organ some serious attention!
Please donate to your local Liver Foundation! Please if you donate to food banks donate gluten free, donate some of the healthy products I listed above!
This DISEASE KILLS! Don’t you doubt this for a second! When your doctor pats you on the head and says you will be fine, please do not believe them! Take your health into your own hands and make smart choices. My group is available to anyone who has this disease and is lost or confused, or just wants to understand it better!
I am going to be yelling this from the rooftops as loud as I can! Your LIVER needs my help!