Liver disease during the COVID-19 pandemic

Americans were plagued by sedimentary lifestyles long before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teenagers opting for video games over sports, office workers spending long hours without a break, and other down time watching television negatively impact the health of many people.

Then, when the pandemic added with gym closings and social opportunities canceled, the health of many suffered greatly.

One such disease that people with a sedimentary lifestyle are prone to is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

In an interview with HCPLive®Sanjiv Chopra, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, that the pandemic has had a profound impact on an already growing liver disease problem.

Chopra also said alcoholic hepatitis rates have increased during the pandemic.

“People were drinking more, maybe because they were stressed and had access to alcohol,” he said. “They weren’t exercising, weren’t eating comfort food, and were stressed out.”

However, for many of these liver diseases, simple lifestyle fixes could make a big difference.

Chopra said even losing a little weight has a profound impact on NAFLD risk. Other tips include drinking coffee regularly, supplementing with vitamin D, and taking regular breaks from work when possible to avoid sitting for long periods at a time.

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