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Liver Disease Linked to High Body Mass Index [VIDEO]

Update Date: Mar 23, 2017 10:35 AM EDT
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Being obese is now being linked to high risks of acquiring liver disease later in life. A large-scale study investigated the relationship between high body mass index and liver diseases. This recent study revealed a strong link between the two, especially in men with high BMIs.

Obesity has been a significant risk factor for several numbers of health conditions. The recent experiment did not prove high body mass index as the sole factor responsible for increasing the risks of acquiring liver complications.

However, the result of the recent study demonstrates that a high BMI, mostly in adolescent men results to a 50 percent increase probability in acquiring a type of liver disease, the Medical News Today confirms.

Swedish researchers led by DR. Hannes Hangstrom of the Center for Digestive Diseases at the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden looked into an impressive 34 million person-years of data to be able to look into the relationship between BMI and liver complications.

Based on the data they have gathered, 5,281 cases of a severe liver ailment, 251 cases of which are liver cancer were observed. The analysis also showed that overweight men with high BMI's will most likely develop a form of liver condition compared to men with normal weight by 50 percent.

Obese men, on the other hand, has twice the risk of developing a liver disease further in life. Those test subjects that have developed type 2 diabetes showed increased risks in acquiring a liver complication compare to those subjects that remained diabetes free, NHS UK further explains.

Results of the study further imply that strengthening the intervention against overweight and obesity issues at an early age will help in increasing the risks of acquiring type 2 diabetes and liver complications in the future.

Although the conclusions of the study were based on observation alone, the large number of data considered in the research is already enough for clinicians to improve early interventions and prevent cases of severe liver conditions from increasing in the future.

 

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