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Microscopic images of liver biopsies. Left: healthy liver with normal accumulation of fat, right: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with increased accumulation of fat (Copyright: DIfE)

How Protein Protects against Fatty Liver

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common chronic liver disease in the world, with sometimes life-threatening consequences. A high-protein, calorie-reduced diet can cause the harmful liver fat to melt away – more effectively than a low-protein diet. A new study by DIfE/DZD researchers published in the journal Liver International shows which molecular and physiological processes are potentially involved.

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