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Scientific American asked the question back in 2015 if non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) was America’s greatest health risk of the times. In that year, the American Liver Foundation estimated that up to 25 percent of Americans were living with the disease.

Researchers have echoed that concern. In a 2015 study, they stated that there was a worldwide epidemic of NALFD. As far back as 2011, they predicted that the prevalence of the disease would increase by 50 percent by the year 2030.

Estimates are that if we keep going the direction we’re going, NAFLD will become the main cause of liver transplants in the country, with demand continuing to outpace supply.

 In 2016, researchers reported that as the epidemic of obesity and its related metabolic conditions increase, “the clinical and economic burden of NAFLD will become enormous.” Indeed, NAFLD is closely related to the other major health conditions we’re all facing today: diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Most women don’t give our livers a second thought, but it’s time we did. The health of the liver is extremely important to our overall health, and NAFLD can cause liver damage without us even being aware of it. At its most severe, it can lead to the need for a liver transplant for survival.

Estimates are that if we keep going the direction we’re going, NAFLD will become the main cause of liver transplants in the country, with demand continuing to outpace supply. #novuscenter #antiaging

 

Read the full article at: womenshealth.com