What is NASH?
NASH stands for Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis. It is the most severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease(NAFLD). NASH is closely related to the triple epidemic of obesity, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. NASH can lead to serious liver damage, including cirrhosis and liver cancer, and potentially the need for a liver transplant.
Do you have NASH?
Unfortunately, you probably don‘t know..... NASH (Fatty Liver Disease) is a silent killer and it‘s symptoms are often non-specific making it difficult to diagnose. As a result, NASH patients can remain unaware of their condition until the disease is at an advanced stage
It's far more than just a liver disease!
The liver is at the centre of all metabolic processes. When affected by NASH, the liver is damaged and inflamed and releases molecules into the bloodstream that can be especially harmful for the cardiovascular system.
The major danger for NASH patients is the cardiovascular risk (cardiovascular disease or event). People who have NASH not only have an increased morality rate due to liver diseases, including complications such as cirrhosis, infections and liver cancer, but the major danger for NASH patients is cardiovascular disease or event e.g. a heart attack or stroke.
Contrary to what most would think, the main cause of death in NASH sufferers is not liver complications but cardiovascular diseases!
Risk factors include:
- Type 2 Diabetes.
- Obesity - BMI > 25
- Metabolic Syndrome(high blood pressure,raised triglyceride levels and low HDL).