Thursday, August 9, 2018

Even light drinking may make fatty liver disease worse

Even light drinking may make fatty liver disease worse 
Study In Hepatology
July 17, 2018
Non‐heavy drinking and worsening of non‐invasive fibrosis markers in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: A cohort study

Reuters Health
Lisa Rapaport
For the current study, researchers examined data on 58,927 Korean young and middle aged adults with NAFDL who had low levels of fibrosis, or scarring on the liver. After following half of these patients for at least 8.3 years, 5,630 people had progressed from low to more advanced levels of fibrosis.

Moderate drinkers were 29 percent more likely to have worse fibrosis by the end of the study than people who didn’t drink at all. Men were considered moderate drinkers when they had up to about two drinks a day, while women could have up to about 1.5 drinks daily.

But “light drinkers” who averaged less than 10 grams of alcohol (less than one drink) daily, were also 6 percent more likely to have their fibrosis become more advanced than people who avoided alcohol altogether, the study team reports in Hepatology.
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