E-cigarettes May Lead to a Fatty Liver

July 27, 2018

You may have heard that e-cigarettes are safer than conventional cigarettes. While the jury is still out on whether this is true, they could be safer and still be dangerous.

Consider this: Just like conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain nicotine. In working with people with substance abuse, nicotine was the hardest addiction to overcome. So e-cigarettes might get a person off of cigarettes, but they’re not solving the nicotine problem.

As you may know, nicotine use can cause lung damage. But research recently presented at the Endocrine Society’s 100th annual meeting suggests that this isn’t the only vital organ the nicotine found in e-cigarettes can damage.

Because e-cigarettes are relatively new, we don’t know as much about their long-term health effects as we do about those of conventional cigarettes. But the results of research conducted with mice should give us pause.

Dr. Zura’s team studied 309,330 of the 18 most common bone fractures. They also looked at what medications the patients used. These included antibiotics, anticoagulants, diabetes medications, osteoporosis medications, cardiac medications, diuretics, immunosuppressants, steroids, anticonvulsants, and non-opioid analgesics in addition to opioid analgesics.

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For this study, researchers used mice that were missing the gene for apolipoprotein E. This makes them more susceptible to heart disease and liver fat accumulation. The researchers fed these mice a high-fat and high-cholesterol diet. Then they separated the mice into two groups. They exposed one group to an e-cigarette aerosol. The exposure increased their blood nicotine levels to that experienced by smokers and e-cigarette users. They exposed the second group of mice to saline aerosol.

The researchers then looked at the liver genes of the mice. Although both groups of mice had other factors that might make them susceptible to fatty livers, the e-cigarette group fared far worse. In fact, the researchers were able to identify 433 genetic changes indicating that the mice were likely to develop fatty liver disease. They also experienced circadian rhythm disruptions, which can worsen fatty liver disease.

If you've been using e-cigarettes because you think they're a safe alternative to conventional cigarettes, I urge you to try to quit as soon as possible. These products are still harmful to your health. And please be especially careful not to smoke them around children, as this study suggests that simply being exposed to the e-cigarette vapor can cause damage.

Whether or not you're able to quit, you should give your liver some extra help to deal with the toxic load you've subjected it to. Advanced Liver Support can help your liver detoxify, reduce inflammation, and fight off the fat accumulation that can make it sluggish and dysfunctional.

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