Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is
What does this mean?
Your genotypes indicate that you have normal risk for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?
This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
Risk Factors Can Influence The Risk of Developing Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Genetics are NOT the only risk factor for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is believed to be caused by a combination of environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors. Now that you have learnt about your genetic risk, you can determine how aggressively you need to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.
The earlier in your life that you commit to living a healthy lifestyle, the more you can reduce your risk for or delay the development of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
Having high triglyceride levels in the blood increases the risk of developing NAFLD.
Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing NAFLD.
People who have increased abdominal fat or higher waist circumference are at higher risk of developing NAFLD.
People in their 40s and 50s who are at high risk of heart disease, are at higher risk of developing NAFLD.
Suggested Lifestyle Changes
- Avoid heavy alcohol consumption as it can cause damage to the liver.
- Have a balanced diet with low levels of saturated and trans fats (baked goods, sugary food, margarine, processed food) and simple sugars. Having a healthy weight can help reduce your risk of developing NAFLD.
- Avoid food with high saturated and trans fat content, so that you can maintain a healthy levels of triglyceride in your blood.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Overweight and obese individuals have a higher risk to develop NAFLD.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can damage liver cells and function, further increasing the risk of NAFLD development.
- Stop smoking. Smoking increases oxidative stress which can cause further vascular damage.
- Keep a healthy lifestyle by doing regular exercises. Some examples are: 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (brisk walking, easy jogging, gardening ) per week, 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise (running, swimming, cycling) per week, or muscle strengthening (lifting weights, working with resistance bands) exercises twice per week.