In France, this pathology affects more than 200,000 people. The latter would be at an advanced stage of the disease. Indeed, the soda disease evolves in several phases, from cirrhosis to cancer.
NASH is a chronic disease that affects more and more French people. It’s called fatty liver disease because it’s caused by the buildup of a layer of fat around the liver.
“This layer can go up to represent 5% of the total mass of the liver, which then leads to inflammation, cirrhosis and liver cancer” explains passport health.
Soda disease: what are the symptoms of “NASH”, this increasingly common pathology in France? https://t.co/tLskICFxdY
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NASH mainly affects obese subjects. This disease can also happen to people who consume too much sugar. When we talk about sugar consumption, we are mainly talking about sodas. It should be noted in passing that the consumption of a daily quantity of alcohol greater than two to three glasses can also cause this pathology. Diabetes can also trigger it.
What are the symptoms of this disease?
According to the American liver foundation, there is little discernible or observable character associated with the onset of this disease. The first symptoms are noticeable only after several years, when the cirrhosis reaches an advanced stage.
The symptoms of soda sickness are numerous: yellowing of the skin and eyes, spider-shaped blood vessels just under the surface of the skin, intense itching and a swollen belly. A person with NASH may also have behavioral problems such as confusion or speech problems.
There is no treatment for this disease. However, it can be completely avoided by practicing regular physical activity while having a healthy and balanced diet.
Obesity is now “epidemic” in Europe
According to the WHO, 59% of adults and nearly one in three children are subject to obesity in Europe. It is now considered an “epidemic”. The World Health Organization (WHO) is sounding the alarm. Obesity is a pathology that increases the risk of cancer or cardiovascular disease. Each year, this causes nearly 13% of deaths on the old continent.
“Rates of overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions across the region and continue to rise,” the WHO report said.
Obesity is responsible for 1.2 million deaths per year
Obesity and overweight are on the rise in all the countries of the old continent. The trend was accentuated during the health crisis. Indeed, with successive confinement periods, many people have moved less and less.
“Increased body mass index is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease,” said the WHO director.
According to the WHO study, 1.2 million people lose their lives every year due to obesity and overweight. It is important to remember that obesity is the source of thirteen types of cancer. Each year, these cancers are likely to be responsible for at least 200,000 new screenings. The WHO warns that these figures will be revised upwards in the near future.
Effect of the Covid pandemic
According to the WHO, the health crisis linked to Covid-19 has made it possible to measure the impact of obesity in European society. The periods of confinement and curfew or the closures of schools and other public places have favored overweight factors.
The health crisis caused by Covid has brought about harmful changes in eating and sports habits. The consequences of these changes must be corrected urgently, according to the WHO.
“Policy interventions that target the environmental and market determinants of unhealthy diets […] are likely to be the most effective in reversing the epidemic,” she said.
The WHO also recommends taxing sugary drinks more severely. At the same time, it would also be welcome to subsidize food products that guarantee good health. Finally, it is time for the various decision-makers to think about limiting the marketing of unhealthy foods to children while encouraging physical effort.
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