Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cases of cirrhosis of liver on the rise

Cases of cirrhosis of liver on the rise


Christi Myers

It's called a silent epidemic -- silent because there are few symptoms, epidemic because thousands of overweight people are at risk. We have the story of how people who don't drink are getting cirrhosis of the liver in record numbers and what you can do to avoid it.

Kathy Bourquardez had no idea that cirrhosis had begun in her liver.
"I basically broke down. I was very devastated because I went to the doctor every year, and I never knew I had anything going on," Bourquardez said.

Bourquardez doesn't drink. She developed cirrhosis from what's called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It's caused by being overweight and there are few symptoms.
This silent fatty liver disease is leading to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplants and doctors say because of the obesity problem, it may soon be an epidemic.

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