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  • Petäjä, Elina M.; Yki-Järvinen, Hannele (2016)
    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) covers a spectrum of disease ranging from simple steatosis (NAFL) to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and fibrosis. "Obese/Metabolic NAFLD" is closely associated with obesity and insulin resistance and therefore predisposes to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. NAFLD can also be caused by common genetic variants, the patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing 3 (PNPLA3) or the transmembrane 6 superfamily member 2 (TM6SF2). Since NAFL, irrespective of its cause, can progress to NASH and liver fibrosis, its definition is of interest. We reviewed the literature to identify data on definition of normal liver fat using liver histology and different imaging tools, and analyzed whether NAFLD caused by the gene variants is associated with insulin resistance. Histologically, normal liver fat content in liver biopsies is most commonly defined as macroscopic steatosis in less than 5% of hepatocytes. In the population-based Dallas Heart Study, the upper 95th percentile of liver fat measured by proton magnetic spectroscopy (1H-MRS) in healthy subjects was 5.6%, which corresponds to approximately 15% histological liver fat. When measured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based techniques such as the proton density fat fraction (PDFF), 5% macroscopic steatosis corresponds to a PDFF of 6% to 6.4%. In contrast to "Obese/metabolic NAFLD", NAFLD caused by genetic variants is not associated with insulin resistance. This implies that NAFLD is heterogeneous and that "Obese/Metabolic NAFLD" but not NAFLD due to the PNPLA3 or TM6SF2 genetic variants predisposes to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Matikainen, Niina; Söderlund, Sanni; Björnson, Elias; Pietiläinen, Kirsi; Hakkarainen, Antti; Lundbom, Nina; Taskinen, Marja-Riitta; Boren, Jan (2019)
    Aims Patients with type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) exhibit considerable residual risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). There is, therefore, increasing interest in targeting postprandial lipid metabolism and remnant cholesterol. Treatment with the glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) analogue liraglutide reduces CVD risk by mechanisms that remain unexplained in part. Here we investigated the effects of liraglutide intervention on ectopic fat depots, hepatic lipogenesis and fat oxidation, postprandial lipid metabolism and glycaemia in humans with type 2 diabetes. Methods The effect of liraglutide was investigated in 22 patients with adequately controlled type 2 diabetes. Patients were randomly allocated, in a single-blind fashion, to either liraglutide 1.8 mg or placebo once daily for 16 weeks. Because liraglutide is known to promote weight loss, the study included dietary counselling to achieve similar weight loss in the liraglutide and placebo groups. Cardiometabolic responses to a high-fat mixed meal were measured before and at the end of the liraglutide intervention. Results Weight loss at Week 16 was similar between the groups: -2.4 kg (-2.5%) in the liraglutide group and -2.1 kg (-2.2%) in the placebo group. HBA1c improved by 6.4 mmol/mol (0.6%) in the liraglutide group (P = 0.005). Liver fat decreased in both groups, by 31% in the liraglutide group and by 18% in the placebo group, but there were no significant changes in the rate of hepatic de novo lipogenesis or beta-hydroxybutyrate levels, a marker of fat oxidation. We observed significant postprandial decreases in triglycerides only in plasma, chylomicrons and VLDL, and remnant particle cholesterol after treatment in the liraglutide group. Fasting and postprandial apoCIII concentrations decreased after liraglutide intervention and these changes were closely related to reduced glycaemia. In relative importance analysis, approximately half of the changes in postprandial lipids were explained by reductions in apoCIII concentrations, whereas less than 10% of the variation in postprandial lipids was explained by reductions in weight, glycaemic control, liver fat or postprandial insulin responses. Conclusions Intervention with liraglutide for 16 weeks produces multiple improvements in cardiometabolic risk factors that were not seen in the placebo group, despite similar weight loss. Of particular importance was a marked reduction in postprandial atherogenic remnant particles. The underlying mechanism may be improved glycaemic control, which leads to reduced expression of apoCIII, a key regulator of hypertriglyceridaemia in hyperglycaemic patients.
  • Yki-Jarvinen, Hannele (2015)
    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) covers a spectrum of disorders ranging from simple steatosis (non-alcoholic fatty liver, NAFL) to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and cirrhosis. NAFL increases the risk of liver fibrosis. If the liver is fatty due to causes of insulin resistance such as obesity and physical inactivity, it overproduces glucose and triglycerides leading to hyperinsulinemia and a low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol concentration. The latter features predispose to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Understanding the impact of nutritional modulation of liver fat content and insulin resistance is therefore of interest for prevention and treatment of NAFLD. Hypocaloric, especially low carbohydrate ketogenic diets rapidly decrease liver fat content and associated metabolic abnormalities. However, any type of caloric restriction seems effective long-term. Isocaloric diets containing 16%-23% fat and 57%-65% carbohydrate lower liver fat compared to diets with 43%-55% fat and 27%-38% carbohydrate. Diets rich in saturated (SFA) as compared to monounsaturated (MUFA) or polyunsaturated (PUFA) fatty acids appear particularly harmful as they increase both liver fat and insulin resistance. Overfeeding either saturated fat or carbohydrate increases liver fat content. Vitamin E supplementation decreases liver fat content as well as fibrosis but has no effect on features of insulin resistance.