Liver Health Advocates Declare NASH a ‘Hidden Epidemic’
As liver health advocates continue to seek opportunities to raise awareness of liver disease, the Global Liver Institute has declared nonalcoholic steatohepatitis a “hidden epidemic” as it leads International NASH Day from This year.
“We feel an urgent need to raise awareness and educate about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis so that these liver diseases are included in all health care conversations when obesity and diabetes are mentioned” , Donna R. Cryer, JD, president and CEO of the Global Liver Institute, said in a press release. “We are leading a global push for the adoption of non-invasive tests to facilitate the early detection and diagnosis of these diseases, and we can begin to stem the tide of this global epidemic.”
According to the statement, the Global Liver Institute has developed a companion campaign called Beyond the Biopsy to accelerate the acceptance and adoption of non-invasive technologies as an alternative to biopsy to increase the number of people who can be screened and diagnosed for the disease. hepatic steatosis before developing NASH. .
Additionally, the NASH Education Program hosted a conference on International NASH Day to discuss the “looming national crisis” in disease rates as well as current practice challenges for diagnosing and managing populations in high risk.
During a presentation by Has my Asgharpurdoctor, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, he revealed that 72% of patients surveyed were unaware that alcohol and viral infections are not the only causes of liver disease and 51% still felt misinformed about consequences and clinical management. of NAFLD after their diagnosis.
The survey also showed that 90% of physicians surveyed needed more medical information about emerging therapies and patient management strategies for NASH and 85% needed relevant medical information to understand the disease. and its parameters.
“It’s not just the patients, it’s the doctors who need more outreach – that’s what we hope to do here today,” Asgharpour said during his presentation.
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Asgharpour A. NASH, a looming public health crisis. Presented to: The NASH Education Program; June 12, 2019; New York.
Disclosure: Asgharpour reports that he is on the advisory board of Gilead and has consulted for Expert Connect, Intercept and Sterotherapy.