Fatty liver disease is a big and growing problem in children. Initially fatty liver disease was something only seen in adult alcoholics. Recently it has become very prevalent in adults who never drink – they developed the disease from a diet too high in sugar and carbohydrate. Now recent studies have shown that one in 10 North American children, or 7 million children have a fatty liver.

A fatty liver is one in which fat infiltrates the liver and can impair its normal functions. It is commonly seen in overweight adults and those with type 2 diabetes. The disease's prevalence is alarming doctors because it may progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, which occurs when the fatty liver becomes inflamed and cells are damaged. This greatly raises the risk of cirrhosis, which is when the liver forms scar tissue and ultimately stops working. It also increases the risk of liver cancer.

You don’t have to be overweight to have a fatty liver. That means your child could be at risk without you knowing. Frighteningly, fatty liver disease is becoming more prevalent in normal weight individuals, including children. That’s because a person can be of normal weight, or just slightly overweight and suffer with insulin resistance (syndrome X). Insulin resistance is the real driving force in the development of fatty liver disease. It stimulates the liver to manufacture abnormally large amounts of fat. My liver tonics Livatone and Livatone Plus are both safe and beneficial in children. They help to make the liver more efficient at burning fat.

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