One in four people worldwide have fatty liver
Obesity is a major public health problem and is associated with an increased risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, lifestyle modifications are crucial: IMA
New Delhi, March 14, 2016: Fatty liver, or steatosis, is a term that describes the buildup of fat in the liver. While it’s normal to have some fat in your liver, more than 5 to 10 percent of your liver weight is fat in the case of fatty liver. Fatty liver is a reversible condition that can be resolved with changed behaviors. It often has no symptoms and typically does not cause permanent damage.
As per a recent study pubished in the journal of Hepatology by Dr. Younossi and colleagues, the pooled worldwide prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, diagnosed through imaging, was found to be 25.24%. The Middle East and South America had the highest prevalence, while Africa had the lowest prevalence. Simple fatty liver is also very common in India reflecting the number of people who are obese or overweight. It is one of the most common forms of liver disease, with an estimated 30-40%% people in India having early forms of NAFLD.
Speaking about the same, Dr. SS Agarwal – National President IMA & Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, Honorary Secretary General IMA & President HCFI said, “Obesity is a major public health problem and is associated with an increased risk of NAFLD among other metabolic disorders. Even a 5% weight loss can be enough, but we should aim for at least a 10% decrease in weight to reduce risk for metabolic syndrome. All physicians must encourage lifestyle changes in their patients and help them make the right choices about food and exercise. Diseases like NAFLD, obesity, diabetes and hypertension are all preventable and manageable. With their rising incidence, awareness generation is crucial.”