What do I do now if I'm concerned?

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  • Liver disease is a silent killer
  • Most people have no symptoms until it is very serious
  • Many doctors don't view fatty liver as a serious risk
  • Diabetes is a common indicator of liver disease
  • There is no treatment for NASH
  • It is a common killer of 45 to 55 year olds

You can use the same tools many doctors use to decide if you should ask your doctor to check carefully for liver disease.

Blood tests and screening calculators can't diagnose liver disease for you, but they can help you understand what your probability of having liver disease might be.

Most liver disease has no symptoms until it is quite serious.

A couple of useful screeners are FIB-4 and NFS.

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Research has shown that the FIB-4 and THE NFS can be useful to help rule out advanced disease.  They can provide some guidance to help you think about it and suggest next steps. They don't prove anything about your diagnosis of possible disease, but they can be a guide to the next steps needed to arrive at a diagnosis.

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The thing to know.

Having diabetes increases the incidence of complications and hospitalizations in cirrhosis patients but without impact on mortality rates. It is the fibrosis that causes the increased death rate. Here is the study.

There is no significant mortality difference between cirrhotics with preceding diabetes and diabetes caused by liver disease.

You can use your own blood tests to calculate either of these scores to help you understand your risks. 

Here is a chart to help you understand your score.

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A NASH diet is very similar to a standard diabetes diet except that more unsaturated fat is used in place of resistant starches to ease the work load of the liver.

To learn more about the suggested diet click here

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WHERE CAN I GET A FIBROSCAN?

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The FLF is sponsoring a screening project to deploy 400 mobile screening systems nationwide. With a goal of screening one million patients a year. More information can be found below.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SCREENING PROGRAM CLICK HERE

 

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