Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is
What does this mean?
Your genotypes indicate that you have a typical risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Maintain a health diet and lifestyle to prevent NAFLD.
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.
Triglyceride & Cholesterol Level
Having high triglyceride & cholesterol levels in the blood increases the risk of developing NAFLD.
Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes have been shown to increase the progression of NAFLD and liver inflammation.
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
- Increase consumption of whole grains, walnuts, avocado, and other polyunsaturated fats rich food. 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 healthy levels of triglyceride in your blood. Food rich in saturated and trans fats are red meat, processed meat, and pastry.
- Increase intake of omega-3 rich food such as fish, and nuts. Omega-3 is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce possible liver damage from inflammation.
- Green tea and coffee have been found to boost liver function and weight management. Have at least 1 serving of coffee and 2 servings of green tea daily.
- Increase garlic intake. Garlic consumption has been found to improve body composition and weight-loss.
- 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.
- Incorporate 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise at least 5 times a week. Brisk walks, jogging, and cycling are great aerobic exercises.
- Incorporate resistance training at least 3 times a week. This includes swimming, weightlifting, and boxing.
- Aim to improve body composition with the goal of increasing muscle mass and reducing body fat percentage.
Result Explanation Recommendations:
- Follow a regular weekly exercise routine with at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercises (e.g. brisk walking, dancing, gardening) or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercises (e.g. running, swimming, cycling).
- Get a companion and an accountability partner to encourage each other for regular exercising.