There are over a hundred different kinds of liver diseases, though most progress the same way, eventually damaging the liver if left untreated. In many cases, individuals are unaware they have liver disease until the later stages. If you’re at risk for liver disease, a fibroscan is something your liver will thank you for. Your overall health will too!
Giving Liver Disease a Voice
The liver is a vital organ that performs over 500 different functions. You can’t live without it, so keeping it healthy is critical to your overall health. Since liver disease is a silent threat, it’s up to us to know our risks so that we can act sooner rather than later. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common causes of liver disease in the U.S. While a healthy liver typically contains some amount of fat, NAFLD results from too much fat being stored in the liver. NAFLD increases your risk for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure.
Power Over Risk
A wide range of diseases and conditions can increase your risk of NAFLD, including:
- High cholesterol
- Metabolic syndrome
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
If you’re at risk, you now hold power to proactively make changes that can delay liver disease onset or prevent it altogether. A fibroscan is a quick, painless, and simple tool that measures liver health. The procedure uses ultrasound technology to measure the stiffness (scarring) and amount of fat content present in the liver.
If liver disease is detected, it can also help identify which type. When done regularly, it can see changes in the liver over time that are useful in reducing risks for and managing liver disease. In conjunction with your doctors’ recommendations and healthier lifestyle changes, the fibroscan’s real-time data shows how effective these efforts are.
If you’re unsure of your liver health, Endeavor Clinical Trials has made it even easier for you. We offer FREE fibroscans for adults at risk of liver disease. Individuals with results indicating the presence of liver disease will have the opportunity to receive information on upcoming research studies that may help. Set your appointment today! Call us at (210) 949-0807, or complete a request form online.