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J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2012 Jun;21(2):205-8.

Is visceral fat reduction necessary to favour metabolic changes in the liver?

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Center of Obesity and Eating Disorder, Stella Maris Mediterraneo Foundation Chiaromonte, Potenza, Italy.


As excess body weight constitutes a major health problem, it is now important for hepatologists to weigh risk factors that lead to insulin resistance and hepatic steatosis. This mini-review focuses on the type of bodily fat distribution that determines the ectopic fat storage into the liver in overweight or obese people. Although obesity is closely associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the excess of visceral fat storage is reckoned to be just as or even more important.

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