6 ways eating too much sugar messes with your body

6. Too much sugar can harm your liver

Booze isn’t the only thing that can wreck your liver. People who eat too much sugar may be at risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), or the buildup of extra fat in your liver cells, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Hepatology.

Researchers in Italy and the UK analysed the diets and biopsied the livers of 271 obese children and adolescents diagnosed with NAFLD. They found that fructose consumption was associated with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a more serious type of NAFLD. Nearly 90% of the kids reported drinking soda one or more times a week, while almost 95% typically noshed on pizza, biscuits, yoghurt and other foods high in sugar, the researchers found.

Too much fructose leads to an excess of uric acid in your blood, the researchers say, which is a predictor of NAFLD. In fact, high uric acid levels were present in nearly half of the patients with NASH in the study.

While this specific experiment didn’t look at adults, NAFLD is definitely something that affects you the older you get. In fact, one quarter of men over 40 have it – and nearly 80% of people with NAFLD aren’t diagnosed, research from Baylor College of Medicine shows. That could be serious, because if NAFLD advances, it can lead to cirrhosis, scarring of the liver which may lead to cancer over time, according to the American Liver Foundation.

Doctor pointing to liver

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