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Liver disease and cirrhosis is on the rise in accordance with the increasing incidence of obesity. Obesity is commonly associated with increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, but it also causes non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which can lead to irreversible liver failure and cirrhosis. Liver disease is detectable with a blood test and ultrasound, and can be reversed with losing weight. Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver, causing end stage liver disease and can only be treated with a liver transplant.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Sunday Times - Scotland
About: Obesity leads to liver disease
Date: 4 September 2005
Source: The Sunday Times - Scotland
Author: Sue Leonard
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