The number of deaths due to fatty liver disease is expected to double in ten years, has warned Thursday of a study.
The Canadian NASH Network, which has carried out the study published in CMAJ Open, was even designated as an “epidemic” of the disease, which affects 5.2% of the population of the country and which has killed 24 400 people in 2019.
Nafld, and its more severe form, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) are caused by a build-up of fat in the liver in people who consume no or little alcohol. NASH can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer or liver failure, life-threatening diseases which do not deal with an organ transplant.
“Over the next ten years, we anticipate that the economic burden associated with the treatment of NASH will be linked mainly to patients in whom the pathology evolves to fibrosis in the more severe form of liver cirrhosis”, indicated by way of a press release Dr. Giada Sebastiani, associate professor in the Department of gastroenterology and hepatology at the McGill university health Centre and co-author of the study.
Fatty liver disease remains under-diagnosed due to the absence of symptoms and of the public’s lack of knowledge on this pathology, but these are the people, diabetic and obese individuals who are most likely to develop the disease.
“Unfortunately, the association of obesity-diabetes in an aging population is that all of the conditions necessary for the evolution of fatty liver disease are now in place,” explained Jennifer Nebesky, president and chief executive officer of the canadian liver Foundation.