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Link Found between Low Vitamin D Levels and Fatty Liver Disease in Children

Study Ties Low Vitamin D Status to Fatty Liver Disease in Children

 (Photo : Flickr/Lars Plougmann)

Scientists were successful in identifying a genetic variation that is related with NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) in British kids when they were trying to trace a connecting link between the disease and low vitamin D levels.

Study Ties Low Vitamin D Status to Fatty Liver Disease in Children  (Photo : Flickr/Lars Plougmann)

Study Ties Low Vitamin D Status to Fatty Liver Disease in Children
(Photo : Flickr/Lars Plougmann)

The University of Surrey’s School of Biosciences and Medicine and research conducted by the King’s College Hospital Paediatric Liver Centre were able to find a correlation between the lower vitamin D situation and the prevalence of NAFLD, and according to them, this will surely help them in clearly understanding the increasing rate of NAFLD risk in kids throughout the west.

The conducted study also traced a variation of the NADSYN1 gene that was related to the NAFLD risks and also severity in many patients. Jean-Francois Dufour from the University Clinic for Visceral Surgery and Medicine stated – “Identifying a gene that impacts or alters the disease is a step in the right direction and could potentially lead to the development of new treatments or diagnostic techniques to address this growing issue.”

Now things could get pretty interesting because such a strong connection hadn’t been identified in past, and it may lead to a lot of new developments in near future. And, it’s equally astonishing that this discovery came out when the team was working on establishing a different connection.

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