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High meat intake may up liver disease risk

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NEW YORK — Consuming higher amount of red or processed meat may increase the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), researchers have warned.

“NAFLD is considered as the hepatic component of the metabolic syndrome, with insulin resistance and inflammation as key factors in its pathophysiology,” said lead author Shira Zelber-Sagi, Professor at the University of Haifa in Israel.

Researchers noted that high meat eaters were slightly younger, mainly male, had a higher body mass index (BMI), caloric intake and a worse metabolic profile.

In addition, individuals who consumed large quantities of meat cooked using unhealthy methods including, frying or grilling, had increased levels of high heterocyclic amines (HCAs) — pro-inflammatory compounds found in burned meat — and therefore developed insulin resistance.

People who are already diagnosed with NAFLD had similar consequences, along with an increased chance of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and chronic heart diseases, researchers mentioned in the study, published in the Journal of Hepatology.

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“Unhealthy Western lifestyle plays a major role in the development and progression of NAFLD, namely, lack of physical activity and high consumption of fructose and saturated fat,” Zelber-Sagi said.

“Our study looked at other common foods in the Western diet, namely red and processed meats, to determine whether they increase the risk for NAFLD,” she added.

In order to test the association of type of meat and cooking method with NAFLD and insulin resistance, the team included 357 participants, between 40 and 70 years of age.

NAFLD and insulin resistance were evaluated by ultrasonography and homeostasis model assessment (HOMA). Meat-type and cooking method were measured by food frequency and detailed meat consumption questionnaires.

Results showed that NAFLD was diagnosed in 38.7 per cent of participants and insulin resistance in 30.5 per cent.

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48 districts get full immunisation status

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ROLPA — Full immunisation has been guaranteed in forty-eight districts of the country. This information was shared at a programme organised in district headquarters Libang, on Monday, to declare Rolpa district as achieving this status.

Minister for Social Development of Province 5 government, Sudarshan Baral, declared that Rolpa had joined the league of districts where full immunisation has been guaranteed.

He highlighted the importance of immunisation for improving the health condition of citizens. The provincial government minister said only healthy citizens could contribute meaningfully to country’s development.

Rolpa was declared achieving the status of ‘full immunisation’ as all children below the age of 15 months in the district have been administered 11 various immunisation shots as per the immunisation schedule.

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With this, Rolpa has achieved 95 per cent immunisation, Chief of District Public Health Office, Dr Sushil Acharya, said on the occasion.

Representative of the Department of Health Services, Basanta Shrestha, said on the occasion that all 77 districts of the country would be declared ‘district with full immunisation’ within 2018.

Meanwhile, Baglung has also been declared as achieving the status of ‘district with full immunisation’. This announcement was made at a programme organised in the district headquarters on Monday.

On the occasion, Minister for Social Development of Gandaki Province, Naradevi Pun Magar, provincial assembly members, people’s representatives of local bodies, political party chiefs of the district, among other officials signed on a pledge to make Baglung continue with the status.

Similarly, Lahan Municipality in Siraha district has been declared ‘municipality achieving full immunisation’ amidst a programme in Lahan on Monday.

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