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Diet May Influence Liver Disease Progression

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    Diet May Influence Liver Disease ProgressionIncreased long-term risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer linked to diets high in protein and cholesterol Publish date:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 15, 2009
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      Diet May Influence Liver Disease ProgressionIncreased long-term risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer linked to diets high in protein and cholesterol
      Publish date: Jul 13, 2009

      MONDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary nutrient composition may be
      associated with an increased or decreased long-term risk of developing cirrhosis
      or liver cancer, according to a study published in the July issue of Hepatology.

      George N. Ioannou, M.D., of the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System
      in Seattle, and colleagues studied 9,221 subjects ages 25 to 74 years who were
      enrolled in the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and were
      cirrhosis-free at baseline and during the first five years of follow-up.

      After a mean follow-up of 13.3 years, the researchers found that 118 subjects
      had developed cirrhosis and that five had developed liver cancer. After
      adjusting for potential confounders, the researchers found a high-protein diet
      was associated with an increased risk of hospitalization or death resulting from
      cirrhosis or liver cancer, while a high-carbohydrate diet was associated with a
      decreased risk. They also found that high cholesterol consumption -- but not
      serum cholesterol or total fat consumption -- was associated with an increased
      risk of cirrhosis or liver cancer.

      "Many determinants of liver disease progression are currently unknown, as
      evidenced by the fact that we cannot predict accurately which patients with any
      of the major liver diseases (hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, nonalcoholic
      fatty liver disease, and alcoholic liver disease) will progress to cirrhosis and
      which ones will have a relatively benign course," the authors conclude. "Our
      study raises the possibility that dietary factors may be important, modifiable,
      and hitherto unrecognized determinants of liver disease progression."

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