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Trust calls for more scanning services by NHS to avert liver disease ‘timebomb’

In an article published in the Sunday Express and online, Vanessa Hebditch, the Trust's Director of Communications & Policy, commenting on the rise of liver disease caused by obesity and poor lifestyle states;

"It is a huge problem and the biggest indicator for having NAFLD is being overweight,”

“With almost one third of adults and 38 per cent of children overweight, the estimate is it will have overtaken alcohol as the leading cause of liver disease by 2020. It has already happened in the US.”

"Having a bit of a fatty liver is a warning sign, if you change your diet, reduce your weight and don’t smoke you have a good chance of turning it around."

“Liver disease is a timebomb and in 50 years, little more than a generation, figures have risen 400 per cent. The problem is there are often no real symptoms and 75 per cent of conditions are diagnosed in hospital settings when it is at an advanced stage.

“Over the last decade we have also seen a 10-fold increase in the number of adults with NAFLD who need transplants.”

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