As the nation's obesity epidemic begins to affect children at an increasing rate, so does non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, an illness that can lead to cardiovascular disease and liver cirrhosis.
However, a recent study that was funded by the National Institutes of Health reports that vitamin E supplementation may effectively treat the illness in children.
In a 96-week trial, a total of 58 percent of kids who took vitamin E experienced a significant decrease in the severity of their illness, compared to 41 percent of children who were on a diabetes drug and 28 percent of a control group that was given placebos.
"We hope to build on these results by looking for other therapies and reliable, non-invasive ways to monitor the disease and response to therapy," said lead author Stephen P. James, M.D.
Additionally, all of the children who participated in the study received education on diet and exercise, and study authors noted that each of them benefited from this intervention, since weight loss has also been proven to treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.