Fatty liver disease (FLD) can be caused by heavy and prolonged drinking, certain medications, obesity, insulin resistance or high triglyceride levels in the blood. It is important to understand that fatty liver disease can be treated and that the first step is to stop the progression of the disease. If FLD is from drinking, typically abstinence from alcohol is key. After a diagnosis has been given, you can help your loved one by ensuring that alcohol use has stopped. For FLD caused by obesity or other metabolic abnormalities, you can help the person lose weight or take measures to control their diabetes. Additionally, you can provide support to see that medications are taken as prescribed. Proper diet and nutrition are also essential to recovery, so be sure to provide a nutritious diet with plenty of protein.
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What does flossing my teeth have to do with heart health?
Believe it or not, flossing may help prevent or manage heart disease. Researchers are not yet sure why, but patients with gum disease seem to have nearly twice the risk of also having heart disease. Flossing is key to preventing gum disease, or gingivitis.
One theory about the link between heart disease and gum disease is that bacteria from the mouth travels in the bloodstream to the arteries, where it damages the artery lining and contributes to arterial plaque build-up. Plaque is a fatty substance that builds up in arteries and blocks blood flow, causing a heart attack or stroke. Another theory is that bacteria in the mouth contributes to inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries, and thereby causes damage to the arteries and encourages plaque build-up.
Further research may prove one of these theories, or it may find some other explanation. Flossing is necessary for oral health regardless, so know that when you floss, it is possible that you are being kind to your heart and arteries as well. Be sure to work with your physician to monitor your cardiovascular health and see your dentist regularly. Your dentist can also help you learn effective flossing technique.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How many women in the United States die each year from heart disease?
Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Heart disease, in all its forms, is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths a year among women -- more than all forms of cancer combined. And although new research on the importance of heart-healthy diets, exercise, and quitting smoking has decreased heart disease rates among men in the past 30 years, the rate for women hasn’t budged, according to a report from the National Institute of Nursing.
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