NAFLD in young adults

University of Bristol researchers presented data at the International Liver Congress 2019 in Vienna that as many as 20% of young adults in the study (mean age 24 years) had steatosis, up from a prevalence of 2.5% in the same cohort in their teenager years.  2.4% of individuals in the cohort had some degree of fibrosis, and 0.3% had fibrosis evaluations equivalent to stage 4 (F4) fibrosis.

This study indicates a requirement for greater public health awareness of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in young adults in the UK.

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