Fatty liver disease cases have increased fivefold over the last 10 years, and it is now the number one – and the fastest-growing – reason for liver transplant in women overall and in people over 65.
It's expected to overtake excessive alcohol use as the main reason for liver transplant. How crazy is that?
However, if fatty liver disease is diagnosed early with a FIB-4 test, it can be controlled, preventing further damage.
The FIB-4 test estimates scarring in the liver based on age, platelet count and liver enzyme levels. If the results exceed a certain threshold, the patient can be further evaluated with a liver stiffness test called a FibroScan™ to determine if there’s evidence of serious liver disease.
In the US, more than 100 million people or roughly one out of every three adults have NAFLD, a version of fatty liver disease where alcohol is not the main cause. While people can live with NAFLD, it greatly increases the risk of cirrhosis (and liver transplant), cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is most prevalent in people that have:
Please see your doctor if you have any questions.
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