Fatty liver disease is a metabolic condition that has been liked to type 2 diabetes as well as cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, fatty
liver disease is a known risk factor for these diseases, making care and prevention of the disease of utmost important in a world where type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are all too prevalent in society.
A healthy diet, like a Mediterranean-style diet, has been often cited as a way to reduce the risk of fatty liver disease and associated diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
A new study published in the journal Current Opinion in Lipidology reviewed published research on the effects of diet on the risk of fatty liver disease from March 2013 through August 2014. A total of 5 peer-reviewed studies were published during this time period and used for analysis.
has been on the decline in the past decade or so, though the exact reason why is not known. Of course, there are theories, but it is not clear what the causes are, or if there are multiple factors as work.
One theory is that this decrease in adherence to the Mediterranean diet may be linked to the global economic declines during the years between 2005 and 2010.
One recent study examined this very theory, surveying 21001 Italian citizens over the course of the five year period between 2005 and 2010. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet scores and wealth scores were monitored, as well as other socioeconomic data, for each participant over the course of the 5 year study.
Earlier this year, a study was published in the journal Appetite by a group of Spanish researchers examining the adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet within school children in Logroño, Spain, and how various socio-demographic and lifestyle factors may influence this
Logroño is located in the well-known wine region of La Rioja in Spain, and within this area, 321 school children between the ages of 11 and 12 from 31 schools were included in the study.
Social and lifestyle factors were determined for each child, in addition to blood pressure, level of physiological and mental development, aerobic fitness, physical activity habits, and adherence to the Mediterranean diet.