PLoS ONE (2020-01-01)

Nut consumption and the prevalence and severity of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

  • Georg Semmler,
  • Sebastian Bachmayer,
  • Sarah Wernly,
  • Bernhard Wernly,
  • David Niederseer,
  • Ursula Huber-Schönauer,
  • Felix Stickel,
  • Elmar Aigner,
  • Christian Datz

DOI
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244514
Journal volume & issue
Vol. 15, no. 12
p. e0244514

Abstract

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BackgroundNut consumption has been associated with reduced inflammation, insulin resistance, and oxidative stress. However, the influence on the prevalence and severity of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has yet to be evaluated.Methods4655 subjects were included as part of a colorectal carcinoma screening program (SAKKOPI) between 07/2010 and 07/2019 and analyzed 2020. Patients were characterized using biochemical and metabolic parameters, as well as a detailed questionnaire on dietary habits. The diagnosis of NAFLD was established using abdominal ultrasound. Consumption of nuts was graded as: no consumption or ResultsMean age was 58.5±9.8years with a mean BMI of 26.5±4.7kg/m2. 2058 (44.2%) patients suffered from the metabolic syndrome, 2407 (51.6%) had arterial hypertension, 2287 (49.1%) showed prediabetes/diabetes, 1854 (39.4%) had dyslipidemia and 1984 patients (43.5%) were diagnosed with NAFLD. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome (1219 [48.7%] vs. 605 [40.2%] vs. 189 [37.4%] vs. 45 [31.7%], p2.67: aOR: 0.551 [95%CI: 0.338-0.898], p = 0.017; Forns-Index >6.9: aOR: 0.585 [95%CI: 0.402-0.850], p = 0.005).ConclusionsNut consumption might exert beneficial effects on the prevalence of NAFLD in males. The negative association with advanced fibrosis warrants further investigation.