FACTS ABOUT LIVER CONDITIONS

 

Alcohol
  • 9 out of 10 harmful drinkers will develop a alcohol-related liver condition

  • Around 30 per cent of people with alcohol-related liver disease will develop cirrhosis which is pretty much permanent damage

  • Almost 400,000 people in England & Wales are at significant risk of developing alcohol-related cirrhosis in a decade

  • More men are thought to develop alcohol-related cirrhosis but the gender gap is decreasing

  • The liver does not complain if it is damaged, it only complains when it can no longer cope and is pushed to its limits

 

Obesity & Fatty liver disease
  • Rates of fatty liver can be closely linked to obesity numbers

  • The incidence of fatty liver increases with BMI and waist circumference

  • Obesity could overtake alcohol as a leading cause of liver disease in the future and is a huge public health issue

  • Weight-related liver conditions are linked with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, stroke & many more

  • 90% of morbidly obese individuals have fatty livers

  • More than half a million people in England could end up with obesity-related cirrhosis

 

Viral hepatitis
  • You can get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B, there is even a combined vaccine so you only have to endure the pain once!

  • There is a myth that you can be vaccinated for hepatitis C, but we hate to break it you, YOU CANNOT

  • Destinations that pose the most risk are Asia, South Pacific, Sub-Sahara Africa, Eastern Europe and Egypt

  • If you are planning to travel abroad, visit your GP or local travel clinic first to see if you need to get vaccinated to protect yourself from hep A & B

  • You can get hepatitis A through contaminated water or food, whereas hepatitis B & C are mainly passed on through blood

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