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Liver, lifestyle and diabetes

We know that diabetes develops due to damage to pancreas, which may be due to either autoimmune problems or insulin resistance. However, for people with Type 2 diabetes, the major problems are in the liver.

Diabetes elevates the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; where excess fat builds up in your liver even if you do not consume alcohol. At least half of the diabetic people suffer from this condition. There are also other conditions contributing to this disease such as obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Fatty liver disease itself often causes no symptoms. However, it raises the risk of developing liver inflammation or scarring (cirrhosis).

There are evidences that suggest fatty liver may be responsible for development of your type 2 diabetes at first. Liver plays a vital role in regulating the body’s blood sugar whereas fat accumulation in liver makes it difficult to control fasting glucose levels. Moreover, it makes body resistant to insulin that strains pancreas and its beta cells, which speeds up the arrival of Type 2 diabetes. Once you have acquired both conditions, poorly managed Type 2 diabetes can make fatty liver disease worse.

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