Liver problem

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  1. timojin Valued Senior Member

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    A silent epidemic is becoming a leading driver of liver transplants.

    “This is a silent process, much like high blood pressure or diabetes,” explains Manal Abdelmalek, a liver disease specialist at Duke University. But unlike high blood pressure or diabetes, which doctors can detect with cheap and easy tests during a routine check-up, NASH is difficult to diagnose. Most people with scarring on their liver don’t display symptoms, and right now there’s no straightforward biomarker that a routine blood panel would pick up. The only reliable measure of fibrosis is a liver biopsy.

    Moreover, the disease progresses slowly—over years or even decades—and researchers have yet to figure out when someone with a fatty liver is at risk for developing the inflammation and fibrosis that define NASH.

    That subtle, slow-moving process begins with the build-up of fat in the liver, a condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, because it is not driven by alcohol consumption. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, up to 20% of the American population has NAFLD, which occurs when fat makes up more than 5% of the liver.
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    You haven't actually mentioned what disease.
     
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  5. timojin Valued Senior Member

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    NASH is difficult to diagnose. Most people with scarring on their liver don’t display symptoms, and right now there’s no straightforward biomarker that a routine blood panel would pick up. The only reliable measure of fibrosis is a liver biopsy.

    Please read the post and the reference.
     
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  8. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    I'd certainly never heard of this. It appears to be yet another consequence of the appalling epidemic of gross obesity in the USA. The Coca-Cola culture....
     

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