Nov 2016 – Dec 2017
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver disease in the developed world and is associated with obesity and increased intakes of sugar and saturated fat. This condition is currently under-researched and under-diagnosed despite the rise of obesity in Ireland.
NAFLD is caused by fat accumulation in the liver. This is characterised into simple fat accumulation or the more serious NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) which involves inflammation, cell damage and fibrosis. 1 in 4 people with NASH will progress towards serious, and possibly fatal, liver disease within the next ten years.
The only treatment for NAFLD is dietary intervention focusing on weight loss, fat loss and a reduction in saturated fat and sugar in the diet. The aim of this study is to characterise the dietary intakes of people diagnosed with NAFLD in Ireland with a view to making recommendations for dietary changes.