Heart disease linked again to preventable fatty liver disease

Heart disease linked again to preventable fatty liver disease

Fatty liver disease is all about diet and alcohol, and heart disease is all about diet and alcohol, so it makes perfect sense they are finding links between the two.

“The new findings suggest that patients with coronary artery disease should be screened for liver disease, and likewise [patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease] should be evaluated for coronary artery disease”
Dr Rajiv Chhabra, a gastroenterologist at Saint Luke’s Health System’s Liver Disease Management Center.

“If current trends continue the prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is expected to increase to 40% of the population by 2020”
Dr John Helzberg, Saint Luke’s Health System.

These doctors found a strong link between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and high risk for heart disease in their research.

On scanning and testing over 400 patients, they saw those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease were far more likely to have coronary artery disease.

The influence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease on heart disease risk was STRONGER than:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • And being male (which is a huge problem ha ha ha).

What are the current treatments for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

Diet and lifestyle changes...

Study by Dr Chhabra and Dr John Helzberg was presented at the 2013 American Gastroenterological Association annual meeting.  As reported by Health24.com on June 25, 2013.


 

Posted: Tuesday 19 November 2013