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One in Three Kashmiris Affected by Fatty Liver, Say Doctors

Doctors in Kashmir are sounding alarms over the rising prevalence of fatty liver disease in the region, with approximately one in three individuals affected. Sedentary lifestyles and the consumption of junk food are identified as primary culprits behind this surge, particularly among young people.

Leading oncologist Dr. Zahoor emphasizes the global significance of fatty liver, also known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), linking it closely to the consumption of high-calorie, processed foods and inadequate physical activity. Factors such as high BMI, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus often accompany this condition.

General physician Dr. Tariq underscores the multifaceted lifestyle contributors to liver diseases in Kashmir, including sedentary habits, excessive intake of junk food, and dietary shifts towards fatty, salty, and sugary foods. He notes the prevalence of fast food consumption among both adults and children, citing a shift from homemade meals to processed convenience foods.

The doctors warn that fast food consumption exacerbates fatty liver, especially among individuals who are obese or diabetic. In such groups, the prevalence of the disease can soar as high as 60-70 percent, posing significant health risks.

To combat fatty liver disease, the medical community advocates for adopting a healthy lifestyle, encompassing balanced nutrition, regular exercise, blood sugar control, cholesterol management, and minimizing alcohol and tobacco use. Maintaining physical activity, managing stress, and avoiding foods high in fat, salt, and sugar are highlighted as crucial for liver health.

The urgency to address this issue stems from its profound impact on public health in Kashmir, necessitating concerted efforts towards awareness and preventive measures. Failure to tackle the root causes could lead to a further escalation of liver-related ailments, imposing a heavy burden on healthcare systems and communities alike.

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