Saturday, October 6, 2012

10% of U.S. Teens Have Liver Disease…Why?

Elizabeth Renter
Activist Post

Did you know about 10% of teenagers have liver disease? The figure would be unbelievable if it wasn’t substantiated with solid science. But, it’s true—an estimated one-in-ten teens in the United States has nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD; this according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

The NHANES looked at over 10,300 teens between the ages of 12 and 18 from 1998 to 2008, and found that 9.9% suffer from the disease commonly only thought of as an adult disease, and a rare one at that.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has always been associated with obesity, and as we see a growing number of kids who are obese, it would make sense that we would see a growing number with liver disease. But, scientist Marilyn Vos, of Emery University, says the NHANES found incidents of NAFLD among teens to actually be growing faster than teen obesity rates. This is truly cause for alarm.

The Cause of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

So, what’s causing the liver disease? All evidence points to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Fructose seriously taxes the liver, where it is completely metabolized. For perspective: only 20% of glucose, on the other hand, is metabolized in the liver. According to, fructose also results in storing three times more fat than glucose, making kids fatter to boot.

But isn’t fructose a natural fruit sugar? Yes it is, but when it is present in fruits or vegetables, in its natural state, it is released slowly for optimal digestion. In HFCS, on the other hand, it is delivered to the digestive system in one quick-acting dose.

So, what does this growing prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in teens mean? It means children are consuming too much high fructose corn syrup. We are destroying their bodies with packaged and over-processed foods. In the name of convenience—we are killing the youth. Needless to say, it is extremely important know of the many foods with high fructose corn syrup so that they can be avoided.

Fatty liver disease can lead to diabetes, hepatitis, cancer, and cirrhosis. A diseased liver affects the body’s ability to digest food, metabolize hormones, regulate blood sugar, eliminate toxins, and store vitamin A.

As we live in a system where the almighty dollar is king, feeding the children nutritious food is difficult. Not only are they tempted at every turn, but access to truly healthful selections is very limited. If it isn’t in its completely natural state, it likely has some very questionable ingredients.

And who is to blame for this? A combination of parties, but giant agribusiness, including the corn industry, certainly holds more than their fair share of the responsibility.

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DEN Willow said...

Alcohol is the Biggest Cause of LIVER DISEASE and many other DISEASES TOO.....This Article is all BUNK

Anonymous said...

Doesnt surprise me. Watch any of the documentaries on youtube on high fructose corn syrup n you'll see how deadly it is. Even some of the dry baby formulas are 50-60% hfcs. Just sick. Our livers process it like alcohol.

Anonymous said...

DEN, learn to read, this is NONalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Activist Angel said...

Hi, Love your website.
I searched the NHANES website for this study and could not find it. It's not like you to not post a link. Could you put it in this article or another?
Your loyal fan.
(PS when searching for NAFLD on the site what came up were some issues around vaccination...)
PPS. HFCS is of course from genetically modified corn and liver disease is one of the cited problems in the new french study.

Anonymous said...

I often wonder why people take the trouble to come to sites like this and, with nothing else to offer themselves, just dismiss the articles as BUNK. There's another word that comes to mind.....and it's SHILL. But a good hard-working shill would make his own case, with "proofs" or at least some references. But just to say bunk is....bunk.

Dave Phillips said...

So that is what is making me crook! Don't drink or when I do it is one or two beers at most and like, 6 months apart. Don't do drugs, eat the best food I can get my hands on and work in a job where I am mobile all day (security guard). That and fluoride and whatever other shit is on the food chain I guess.

Anonymous said...

I think DEN has issues. One is the inability to read an article correctly.

Malaysia is having very similar issues here with NAFLD

Anonymous said...

It's the GMO wheat.

Anonymous said...

How many energy drinks and shots can a teenager

Drink without causing liver damage?

Anonymous said...

HFCS is bad stuff but to suggest that its in the same league as hydrogenated fats--which is likely the no. one dietary killer of all time--is absurd. Yes, stop consuming HFCS by all means but the best thing anyone could ever hope to do to improve their health is to stop eating highly processed foods. And no, vegetarianism isn't the answer. If you want to live to 100 like your grandmother, perhaps you might try eating the kinds of foods that she ate. -- the Postman (

Anonymous said...

Another serious cause of liver problems and disease, IMPHO, are vaccinations.

Anonymous said...

My guess is that besides high fructose sugars GMOs also play a part in liver damage.

Tammy Reese said...

I appreciate this blog for sharing the main reasons why many teens are having chronic liver disease. This is surely will be helpful to many teens who will read this blog.

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