Sugary Beverages Linked to Liver Risk
Sweetened juice drinks as well as sodas may be bad for your liver.
You know that sugar-sweetened sodas can pack on the pounds and contribute to the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But new Tufts research reports that sugary drinks may also increase your odds of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Characterized by a buildup of fat in the liver unrelated to alcohol consumption, NAFLD frequently goes undetected because it often presents no symptoms; as many as 25% of US adults may have the disease. NAFLD may cause the liver to swell, leading to scarring (cirrhosis) over time and even to liver cancer or liver failure.