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Liver disease causes more deaths in type 2 diabetics than cardiovascular disease. The liver diseases that can occur in diabetics include nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis of the liver and hepatocellular carcinoma. Diabetics also face an increased risk of hepatitis C and acute liver failure. Metabolic syndrome, alcohol and hepatitis C are the biggest culprits for chronic liver disease in the US. Exercise and weight loss can alleviate nonalcoholic fatty liver disease but thiazolidinediones, metformin and 3-hydroxy-3-methyhlglutaryl coenzyme A inhibitors are being developed as possible treatments for the condition. Diabetes mellitus is the fifth leading cause of death in the US and affects about 17 million people.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Annals of Internal Medicine
About: Liver disease is one of the biggest killers amongst diabetics
Date: 21 December 2004
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine
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