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Cause of George Michael's Death Revealed

British pop star George Michael died of what were described as 'natural causes'. As reported by CNN, he suffered from a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis, a heart condition, and fatty liver disease. This was the coroner’s conclusion and the inquest into his death is now closed. 

George Michael’s death has put the spotlight on fatty liver disease. This condition can be fatal, but unlike heart disease, is often overlooked.  Can the dangers posed by heart disease and fatty liver disease be mitigated with a few simple lifestyle changes? 

Alcohol consumption is a leading cause of fatty liver, but there is also the pervasive condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  It occurs in people who are overweight or obese, have high cholesterol, or high triglycerides, and who consume little or no alcohol. While it's normal for your liver to contain some fat, accumulations of more than 5 percent of your liver's weight are problematic.

Some people develop NAFLD even without any known risk factors, and this condition affects up to 25 percent of Americans. NAFLD often has no symptoms, although it may cause fatigue, jaundice, swelling in the legs and abdomen, mental confusion and more. If left untreated, it can cause your liver to swell, called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), or even contribute to liver cancer or liver failure.

One of the most important aspects to remember if you're dealing with NAFLD is this: Eating right and exercising can often prevent this condition and may even reverse it in its early stages. The first step is to eliminate fructose from your diet. This sugar is found in everything from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and fruit juice to agave syrup and honey. It's harmful when consumed in excess and the modern diet makes this all too common of an occurrence.

The cause of George Michael’s death was initially announced as heart failure. This was an unfortunately logical conclusion due to the heart disease epidemic that has swept much of the world. Conventional treatments, such as the use of statin drugs and surgeries involving artery bypasses and stents, typically do not work well. 

Taking statins is rarely justifiable because of the damaging health effects from these dangerous drugs. The fact is that 75 percent of your cholesterol is produced by your liver, which is influenced by your insulin levels. Therefore, if you optimize your insulin levels, you will automatically optimize your cholesterol. 

Not surprisingly, the lifestyle choices that address heart health may also combat fatty liver disease. Optimizing your vitamin D levels is a great starting point. I also recommend embracing a proper exercise regimen, such as high-intensity interval training. What you eat has a tremendous impact on your health and I have developed a nutrition plan to help you navigate the confusing and often contradictory world of dietary information. The basic foundation of this plan is a diet that consists exclusively of whole, nourishing and sustainably sourced foods.