Fat damages the lungs of heavy drinkers
June 30, 2014
Thomas Jefferson University
The so called fatty liver disease that long time drinkers develop may extend to the lung in a newly discovered side effect of drinking in rats that researchers are calling fatty lung disease. Heavy drinking damages the body in many ways. In addition to liver failure, alcoholics are at a much greater risk of developing pneumonia and life threatening acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), for which there is no treatment.
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Freddy Romero, Dilip Shah, Michelle Duong, William Stafstrom, Jan B Hoek, Caleb B Kallen, Charles H Lang, Ross Summer. Chronic Alcohol Ingestion in Rats Alters Lung Metabolism, Promotes Lipid Accumulation, and Impairs Alveolar Macrophage Functions. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, 2014; 140618133502004 DOI: 10.1165/rcmb.2014-0127OC