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People with fatty liver disease may have more trouble losing weight
And yet there are no guidelines for screening for the disease in non-obese adolescents.
However, having a higher body mass index might prevent this improvement.
The United States isn’t alone in grappling with this growing health problem.
This finding may help explain why people with the disease struggle to lose weight.
Nonetheless, half of people with NAFLD were able to reach a 5% weight loss goal using a very low energy diet.
This finding from a recent study applies to those who do not have cirrhosis when they are treated for the virus.
Rising rates of obesity are fueling the epidemic.
Currently, there are no pharmacological treatments for liver fibrosis related to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.
There is perhaps a nine-year lag between increases in obesity and a rise in additions to the NASH-related transplant waiting list.
Interestingly, the drugs themselves, not just the act of curing the virus, were tied to a lower diabetes risk in a recent large study.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can lead to more severe, potentially fatal liver diseases, including cirrhosis.
Liver cancer rates and deaths have doubled in the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom.
As pharmaceutical companies race to develop treatments for NASH, they find one thing is missing: willing test subjects.
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