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On the 7th, the German Liver Foundation supports this day of action and demands more information about the importance of proper nutrition and exercise for health.
Diet and osteoporosis
On the 22nd day of healthy eating, March 7, 2019, the topic will be "Nutrition and Osteoporosis - Prevention and Therapy". The organizers show numerous possibilities to prevent osteoporosis with adequate nutrition and exercise - and even to treat an existing osteoporosis.
Also important for liver diseases
According to Professor Dr. Michael P. Manns on the board of the German Liver Foundation, nutrition and exercise are also essential factors in liver diseases in order to stay and / or become healthy.
Early diagnosis shapes the success of the therapy
Manns says: “A balanced diet and sufficient exercise can have a positive impact on the health of the important liver organ - both preventively and therapeutically. As with any disease, the most important prerequisite for successful therapy for liver disease is an early and correct diagnosis, which in many cases can be made possible by determining the liver blood values and clarifying the cause of increased liver values. "
One of the biggest health problems
According to the Liver Foundation, liver disease is one of the biggest health problems globally and one of the most common causes of death. At least five million people with liver diseases lived in Germany.
What diseases are involved?
Liver diseases differed as did their causes. A fatty liver often leads to liver inflammation in overweight people, alcoholics or diabetics. Chronic liver inflammation develops into liver fibrosis, which in turn could result in liver cirrhosis and liver cell cancer. The latter is one of the most common forms of cancer in men.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver
The "non-alcoholic fatty liver" (NAFL) in children and adults is rarely seen in symptoms, but is a great risk to health.
What are the goals of liver therapy?
The most important goal in liver diseases is to prevent the disease from progressing by starting therapy early and adapting the lifestyle to those affected.
Fatty liver is curable
Liver regeneration is possible. A fatty liver can also regress if those affected change their lifestyle. Depending on the cause, this means giving up alcohol, changing diet, controlled weight loss or more exercise.
Prevent fatty liver
Much better than treating an existing fatty liver is not to let it develop in the first place. In order to achieve this, one could do without alcohol, consistently reduce the consumption of carbohydrates as well as saturated fats and fructose, and consume fewer calories overall.
According to the liver foundation, a lack of exercise promotes liver diseases as well as the wrong diet. Sufficient exercise is also important for a healthy liver. Here the self-image of the Germans contrasts with reality. 92 percent believed they were moving enough, but according to the medical criteria of liver health, this was only true for 40 percent.
How much movement should it be?
The WHO calls sufficient exercise at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, such as walking or dancing, or 75 minutes of intensive exercise such as jogging or fast cycling.
Manns calls for more health education
Manns explains: “Obviously, in Germany we need more health education about the influenceable health risk factors, lack of exercise and unhealthy nutrition. We can only prevent lifestyle-related illnesses if people make themselves aware that they ideally eat healthy and exercise enough 365 days a year. Whether for liver diseases, for osteoporosis or for any other disease of civilization, educating people on the "Day of Healthy Eating" is an important component in the commitment to public health. And maybe the upcoming spring will motivate some people to start a healthier, more eventful life.
Who is the German Liver Foundation?
The German Liver Foundation focuses on the liver, liver diseases and their therapies, with the aim of providing better care for patients. It offers advice and information for those affected, relatives and interested parties, doctors and pharmacists. Information can be found at: www.deutsche-leberstiftung.de. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)