New Connection Found between Liver and Heart Health

Illustration of liver on woman's body against gray background, Hepatitis, Concept with Healthcare And MedicineThere are plenty of reasons to keep your liver healthy. You may know that it is your body’s main force against removing toxins. But your liver may also play a role in heart health.

Liver disease is caused by fat buildup in the organ, resulting from alcoholism or poor diet. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, is an increasingly common form of the condition caused by high-sugar diets and weight gain.


New research suggests that the buildup of fat in the liver not caused by alcohol may drastically increase the risk of heart failure.

NAFLD can lead to permanent liver damage and increase the risk for atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Heart failure is a term used when the heart does not pump blood as well as it should.

Researchers looked at national health survey data from 2008 to 2015 and found more than 3.8 million adults with NAFLD and about 400,000 that also had heart failure. They found that people with NAFLD tended to be older, male, diabetic, or have coronary heart disease.

However, even after adjusting for age, gender, and race, researchers still discovered that adults with NAFLD were 3.5 times more likely to have heart failure than those without it.


The study’s lead researcher, Dr. Vardhmaan Jain, said they expected a high hazard, but not as high as it was.

NAFLD is underdiagnosed and underappreciated as a health hazard. However, it can have devastating effects. Monitoring liver health is an important component of longevity.

One way you can cut the risk for NAFLD is by following the American Heart Association’s (AHA) essential 8 for improving and maintaining heart health. The lifestyle tips are:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Be physically active
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get enough sleep
  • Control blood pressure
  • Control cholesterol
  • Control blood sugar

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.


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