Effect of Life Stress on Incidence of Fatty Liver Disease

Dr. Saleh Salman Omairi, Prof. Hussein Adnan Mohammed

Vol. 11, Jan-Jun 2021


We hear about fatty liver more and more often: at least one European adult in five suffers from it and pediatric cases are also on the rise, a consequence of childhood obesity of epidemic proportions in recent years. The cause is metabolic : liver cells normally combine free fatty acids in the blood - introduced with the diet and produced by metabolism - with sugars, giving rise to complex lipids such as triglycerides, which can be accumulated in the liver for storage and energy reserve and to be exploited if necessary. Overweight, dyslipidemia, diabetes, bowel disease or abuse of certain medications (like cortisones) can increase the workload on the liver which is thus storing more fat than necessary. Feeling nervous when stressed is completely natural. This is a short-term stress sign. Chronic stress, on the other hand, is characterized by prolonged symptoms, including breathing difficulties, dizziness, decreased desire, chest pains and fatigue. Many of these symptoms are immediately identifiable by the sufferer. However, the impact of stress is not only visible externally. Inside, our bodies desperately struggle to restore a natural balance. This chemical disruption caused by chronic stress affects many other biological features. This article highlights the effect of stress on fatty liver.


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