Research group offers free screenings for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease has no symptoms

Are you getting enough exercise? Are you eating right? It’s easier said than done.

There’s a medical condition that affects a lot of people here in South Texas and some of the risk factors include being overweight, family history or not being active enough.

Clay Dehn, vice president of clinical pharmacology services at Endeavor Clinical Trials, explains how Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is prevalent in the Hispanic community and provides insight on how to get a free screening.

What exactly this disease is and how it affects people?

“Fatty liver disease, as the name suggests, is a liver disease that is marked by having more than normal amounts of fat in the liver, and it occurs in people who don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol,” said Dehn. “It’s driven by lifestyle, sedentary lifestyle, and our diets. It’s the way that it affects people. It’s really interesting because for a long time, it doesn’t affect people, it doesn’t cause symptoms or outward signs. People don’t feel bad when they have it. It’s very easy to ignore because it doesn’t cause symptoms or problems until the disease is really advanced. And at that point, it can lead to the development of cirrhosis, very much like alcohol. Alcoholic liver disease can and may require a liver transplant in order to treat the condition and very often can be fatal.”


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