Results from a self-contained community study in the Midwest recently revealed that the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has significantly increased over the past decade, especially among younger adults. Further, the chronic condition has been linked to a significantly increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, Healio reports.
For the study, researchers identified 3,869 patients with NAFLD and 15,209 age- and sex-matched controls living in Minnesota for a population-based epidemiological study. They found that the incidence of NAFLD, an obesity-related liver disease, rose from 62 per 100,000
Study authors noted that individuals ages 18 to 39 had the highest incremental increase of all the population groups examined, with NAFLD cases among young adults
Compared with those in the control group, patients with NAFLD were also twice as likely to develop one of three common comorbidities of fatty liver disease: diabetes, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia (high cholesterol). What’s more, the patients with NAFLD and no comorbidities still had a twofold increased risk for cardiovascular events and also had a doubled mortality risk compared with the study’s control group.
Overall, study authors wrote that the