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Monday, December 4, 2017

Pediatric non alcoholic fatty liver disease

Recently, interesting dietary supplements such as probiotics and long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have been adopted in adults with NAFLD [91, 92]. Interestingly, these dietary supplements, although considered pharmacological interventions, are often based on natural compounds present in specific foods (yogurt, fish oil, etc.). Among the pathogenetic factors leading to NAFLD, the persistent crosstalk among the gut, the immune system, and the liver, plays a pivotal role [93]. In fact, it is now accepted that specific nutrients increase the intestinal permeability to bacterial endotoxins, activating an immune-mediated inflammatory response of liver resident cells, leading to a profibrogenic phenotype [94]. One recent study on animal models [95], has demonstrated a pivotal role of restoring gut microflora in protecting the liver from fat and preventing cardiovascular disease.

https://bmcpediatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2431-13-40

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