Type 2 Diabetes Increases Risk Of Liver Disease
People battling type 2 diabetes could be more likely to develop liver disease versus those without the condition, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh looked through 10 years of medical records in Scotland. They discovered that cases of liver disease in patients with type 2 diabetes were caused by the accumulation of fat within the liver cells. This condition is known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Researchers are concerned that hospital admissions and liver disease deaths could continue to grow if the prevalence of type 2 diabetes cases continues to rise.
"Preventing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by avoiding unhealthy lifestyles in both people with and without diabetes is important because it is difficult to treat the complications of this condition," said University of Southampton professor Sarah Wild.
Avoiding liver disease
Researchers believe that daily exercise and a healthy diet can keep liver disease at bay in patients with type 2 diabetes. They also warn that people with NAFLD are at a greater risk to the ill effects of alcohol on the liver, and they would be wise to abstain from alcohol to avoid complications.
"We have shown for the first time that type 2 diabetes is an important novel risk factor that increases numbers of hospital admissions and deaths, in people with all common chronic liver diseases,” University of Southampton professor Chris Byrne said. “Further research is now needed to determine whether all patients with type 2 diabetes should be screened for common chronic liver diseases."
Source: University of Southampton