New research, presented at the International Liver Congress™, warns that high levels of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease among young people is signalling a public health crisis.
Excerpt from The Guardian
The study finds substantial numbers of young people at risk of liver cancer, diabetes and heart attacks.
Experts are warning that high levels of fatty liver disease among young people, caused by being overweight, could signal a potential public health crisis.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is fairly common among older adults, detectable in about a quarter of the population. But a study has found that substantial numbers of 24-year-olds are also affected, putting them at risk of serious later health problems, such as liver cancer, type-2 diabetes and heart attacks.
Researchers from Bristol University tested more than 4,000 young people enrolled in a longitudinal study called the Children of the 90s, set up to follow the lives and health of children born in 1991 and 1992 in Avon, England.