Researchers identify differences in clinical features of non-obese patients with NAFLD

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Researchers from the University of Tsukuba identify differences in the clinical features of non-obese patients with non-alcoholic fatter liver disease based on their sex and body mass index.
Researchers from the University of Tsukuba identify differences in the clinical features of non-obese patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease based on their sex and body mass index.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) had long been thought to be a liver disease afflicting obese patients, while recent evidence has shown that non-obese individuals can be equally affected by NAFLD. In a new study, researchers from the University of Tsukuba revealed how NAFLD presents itself differently based on the sex and body mass index (BMI) of affected patients.

NAFLD is the most common chronic liver disease and often associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia. People living in Asia are generally not as obese as those living in Europe or the USA, yet NAFLD is becoming increasingly common in this area. These findings have led to the discovery of non-obese NAFLD, which surprisingly has a higher mortality rate than obese NAFLD. Consequently, an important question that has remained is how to…
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