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Glyphosate Is Causing Fatty Liver Disease

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • People with a more severe form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, had significantly higher residues of glyphosate in their urine
  • That exposure to glyphosate may lead to more severe forms of liver disease is concerning, since those with NASH are at increased risk of liver cirrhosis, liver cancer and higher liver-related and non-liver-related mortality
  • A number of animal studies have linked glyphosate to liver damage, including one that dates back to 1979, which showed the chemical could disrupt mitochondria in rat livers
  • Researchers from King’s College London also showed an “ultra low dose” of glyphosate-based herbicides was damaging to the liver
  • As more and more glyphosate has been sprayed on agricultural lands, parks and backyards, entering our food and water supplies, NAFLD rates have trended upward

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has been making headlines for its potential to cause cancer, but another serious disease has also been linked to this ubiquitous chemical: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), particularly the most advanced cases.

Staggering amounts of glyphosate have been applied worldwide in recent decades. Since 1974, for instance, more than 1.6 billion kilograms (or about 3.5 billion pounds) of glyphosate have been used in the U.S. alone, accounting for 19% of its overall usage worldwide.


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