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Kids Should Play Out In The Sun, To Keep Liver Fatty Disease Away!

Kids Should Play Out In The Sun

A recent study has advised parents to encourage their child to get involved in outdoor activities.  Researchers have been able to find association between Vitamin D levels and fatty liver condition. Scientists from the King’s College Hospital Pediatric Liver Centre and the University of Surrey’s School of Biosciences and Medicine have confirmed a relationship between low vitamin D levels and risk to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). They have been successful in identifying a genetic variant among the British children for non alcoholic fatty liver disease, responsible for the onset of this disease.

Kids Should Play Out In The Sun

As the name suggests this disease occurs due to accumulation of fat in liver cells among individuals who do not intake alcohol.  It is one of the persistent disorders in the Western Countries, and slowly growing in proportions. Children are the worst suffers, with majority of patients accounting to them. They have lower levels of Vitamin D as compared to the American and British standards.

Dr. Jean-Francois Dufour, from the University of Bern in Switzerland has sufficient data to confirm the association between low Vitamin D levels and incidence to NAFLD. They had compared and analyzed the data of 120 pediatric patients from Britain to confirm their findings. It was seen that patients exhibited lower levels of vitamins throughout the year and not only in winter months. Insufficient amount of vitamins increases chances of developing fatty liver disease.

As for patients who have a severe condition of NAFLD, they were detected for a variation of gene named as the NADSYN1 gene.  Researchers believe that identifying this gene variant can be crucial to develop new treatments or diagnostic techniques to address this concern. Timely diagnosis is the right way to curb the increase in liver condition in case children specially. Exposure to sunlight is the natural source to obtaining Vitamin D even though medications are available.

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