Is weight loss good for NAFLD?
Yes. A landmark study showed that losing 10 per cent of one’s body weight can reduce liver fat, resolve inflammation and potentially improve scarring. Recently, a meta-analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine confirmed that weight loss by behavioural programs, medications, or weight-loss surgery can successfully treat NASH. Diet and exercise are the first lines of treatment. Harvard Health states that the best treatment for NASH is weight loss for people who are overweight or have obesity.
Does NAFLD prevent weight loss?
Data from a new study presented to the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases found that obese individuals with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) were less likely to achieve a medically recommended five percent loss of body weight in three months on a very low calorie diet as compared to obese counterparts without NAFLD.
In further analysis, this difference was no longer evident when followed to six months. This suggests that while obese patients with NAFLD can still achieve significant weight loss on a very low-calorie diet, they may be slower to reach this point. Further studies are required to confirm if there are any significant differences in the rate of weight loss in patients with NAFLD.
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