Which states have had the most deaths from liver disease?

Almost 4.5 million Americans live with liver disease, and annually, 2 millions people are dying of liver disease worldwide, often due to complications from cirrhosis.

Cirrhosis is a condition characterized by scar tissue that overgrows healthy liver tissue, which can lead to liver failure or, in severe cases, liver cancer.

Rates of liver disease and cirrhosis vary from state to state. According to statistics from the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention.

New Mexico had the highest rate of liver disease-related deaths at 40.8 per 100,000 deaths. South Dakota followed with a rate of 37.3 deaths per 100,000 deaths. Wyoming had the third highest death rate with 26.7 deaths per 100,000 deaths.

The three states with the lowest number of liver disease deaths were in northeastern New Jersey (9.4 deaths per 100,000 deaths), Maryland (9.3) and New York (8.2 ).

A Analysis 2019 published in The American Journal of Medicine found that areas with lower household incomes and regions with more racial diversity had the highest rates of liver disease deaths.

Barriers to health care services also likely contribute to differences in death rates, according to a study 2021 published in Hepatology Communications. The researchers behind this study highlighted the need for policy makers to address health disparities to help reduce mortality from liver disease.

To learn more, click on our #liver disease and #cirrhosis tags, or read ‘Alcohol-related cirrhosis deaths see steep rise’ or ‘Liver cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C is reversible’.

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