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Physicians are worried about uptick in fatty liver disease

November 30, 2018 - 3:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: You may not have heard of it, but physicians around the country are becoming more and more concerned. 

The common name is fatty liver disease. Researchers at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases say that the problem of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is becoming so significant it could "swamp our ability to manage this with liver transplantation."

The researchers made the point they can't transplant their way out of this problem, and said the best way to deal with this is to encourage people to lose weight and exercise. 

We know that a 5 percent reduction in weight can lead to dramatic improvements in the situation.