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Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Emory University School of Medicine

Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Emory University School of Medicine and a staff physician at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal disease, fatty liver disease and obesity in children. Dr. Vos, author of The No-Diet Obesity Solution for Kids, is a nationally recognized expert in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and its rising rates in children and adolescents in the United States. Dr. Vos also conducts research on potential mechanisms and therapies for pediatric NAFLD. Specifically, she is studying the role of fructose and added sugars in NAFLD and the associated increased risk of cardiovascular disease, through epidemiologic studies of national nutrition databases and through meal-challenge feeding studies in children.

Recent Publications:

Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children

non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

(also called NAFLD) Fatty liver that is not caused by drinking too much alcohol. Too much alcohol drinking can cause fatty liver diseases and steatohepatitis. NAFLD happens to people who are overweight, have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides in their blood. Rapid changes in weight can also cause NAFLD. It can happen to even those without any of the things listed above. It is common, up to 31% of adults in the United States have NAFLD.

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non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

(also called NAFLD) Fatty liver that is not caused by drinking too much alcohol. Too much alcohol drinking can cause fatty liver diseases and steatohepatitis. NAFLD happens to people who are overweight, have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides in their blood. Rapid changes in weight can also cause NAFLD. It can happen to even those without any of the things listed above. It is common, up to 31% of adults in the United States have NAFLD.

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Liver disease

A broad term meaning any bodily process in which the liver is injured or does not work as it is supposed to. In this website we focus on liver diseases in which the diet hurts the liver

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Sugars

Sugars are chemicals made of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen found which taste sweet and are found in food. They are an important part of what we eat and drink and of our bodies. On this site, sugar is used to mean simple sugars (monosaccharides) like fructose or glucose, and disaccharides like table sugar (sucrose). Sucrose is two simple sugars stuck together for example (see Table sugar). Sugars are a type of carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are energy sources for our bodies Sugars enter the blood stream very quickly after being eaten.

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Fructose

A sugar that we eat. Also called fruit sugar. Most fructose comes in sucrose (table sugar, cane sugar, beet sugar), or from high-fructose corn syrup.

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Too much fructose in added sugar can damage your liver just like too much alcohol.

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Growing scientific evidence shows that too much added sugar, over time, is linked to diabetes, heart disease and liver disease.

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Today, 31% of American adults and 13% of kids suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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