More than one in 10 unsuspecting Brits have a potentially fatal form of liver disease, a national study has revealed. New analysis of MRI scans of 2,895 people on the UK Biobank database has revealed 12% suffer from non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Health authorities had previously estimated 2-3% of Brits had the undiagnosed condition linked to eating too much and not getting exercise. NASH is a severe form of liver disease and one of the major causes of cirrhosis and cancer of the liver. Judi Rhys, chief executive of the British Liver Trust said: “This study indicates that the UK prevalence of NASH could be significantly higher than we thought, and potentially even higher than Type 2 diabetes in the population. “This will present a huge burden on the NHS in years to come with an increasing number of people requiring care for cirrhosis or needing liver transplants.” The findings come as a result of new scanning technology using a test called LiverMultiScan and … [Read more...] about One in 10 unsuspecting Brits ‘have potentially fatal form of liver disease’
Liver disease causes
A MUM who was so overweight she was diagnosed with fatty liver disease as a teenager has shed a whopping 10 stone after ditching junk food and crisps. Jill McKay never thought of herself as chubby but by the age of 12 she was becoming dangerously overweight. In her mid-teens she was diagnosed with painful fatty liver disease, caused by a build-up of fat in the organ, but she was in denial about her size. It wasn’t until she was in her 20s, when her weight balloon to a massive 22st 9lbs after having two children, that Jill realised she needed to do something about her weight. Now, at 11 stone she has shed almost half her body weight and her health has improved significantly. “I’d stuff myself all day long, especially on sausage rolls and my daily five bags of crisps,” Jill said of her teenage years. “Although my mum tried to cook healthy meals we’d often have chips and something easy for tea. “When my dad got a new partner she tried to help … [Read more...] about Mum diagnosed with fatty liver disease as a teen sheds an incredible 10 STONE after ditching her diet of junk food and crisps
ALCOHOL abuse can be very dangerous – not only are there short term threats of being intoxicated, it can also cause long lasting damage. But what should you be looking out for? Here’s the lowdown. What are the signs of alcoholism? According to Drinkaware, the signs and symptoms of alcoholism are: A lack of interest in previous activites Appearing drunk more regularly Needing to drink more in order to achieve the same effects Looking tired, unwell or irritable Not being able to say no to a drink Anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems Becoming secretive or dishonest What are the withdrawal symptoms? Like any addiction, giving up alcohol when you’ve come to depend on it is very tough. According to Drinkaware, if you experience these after drinking heavily, then they are likely alcohol withdrawal symptoms. hand tremors (‘the shakes’) sweating nausea visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not actually real) seizures (fits) … [Read more...] about What are the signs of alcoholism, what are the withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking and can it lead to liver disease?
An alarming report highlights that the number of Wiganers receiving hospital treatment for life-threatening liver disease caused by Hepatitis C is well above the national average. A study published by Public Health England shows that between 2012 and 2016, the borough was listed as one of the worst areas in the region for the number of patients admitted to hospital with liver failure or cancer brought on by the virus. Hep C is a serious condition which can cause liver damage, cancer and consequently death if left untreated. As a blood-borne virus, it can be transmitted through any blood-to-blood contact including intravenous drug use, accidental needle sticks, childbirth and, in rare cases, sexual activity.High-risk groups are considered to be injecting drug-users, healthcare workers who come into contact with blood products and syringes and prison inmates among others. PHE has revealed that 3.9 in every 100,000 Wigan patients were suffering from Hep C-related liver damage, a number … [Read more...] about Concerns over Hep C liver disease levels in Wigan
Deaths from liver disease in England have jumped 25% with alcohol the major cause, men the biggest victims and fatalities more prevalent in the North, new statistics have revealed. The figures, which one expert described as "stark reading", are certain to fuel further debate on how to tackle the problem of binge drinking. The first ever National End of Life Care Intelligence Network report said the vast majority of the fatalities were people under 70, with more victims now in their 40s. But obesity, hepatitis C and hepatitis B have also helped lead to the increase in total liver disease deaths between 2001 and 2009. The findings are in contrast to other major causes of death - such as heart disease - which have been declining in recent years. In 2001, 9,231 people died of the condition, but by 2009 it was 11,575 people, with 60% being men and 40% women. Although numbers of deaths due to cancer, vascular or respiratory disease are still much greater, liver disease disproportionately … [Read more...] about ‘25% rise’ in liver disease deaths