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What You Need to Know About NASH

The prolonged accumulation of fat in the liver during the beginning stages of NAFLD results in low-grade chronic inflammation that, if left undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH. Here are a few things you should know about NASH.

Quick facts about NASH:

  • Experts estimate that about 20 percent of people with NAFLD have NASH
  • Once liver disease has progressed to NASH, the risk of liver scarring or Fibrosis and loss of liver function greatly increases
  • People with NASH have an increased chance of dying from liver-related causes
  • In the United States, NASH is expected to become the leading cause of liver transplantation by 2020
  • The prevalence of NASH is also expected to increase by 63% between 2015 and 2030
  • Obesity is driving the rise of NASH
  • NASH is known as a “silent” disease because many people present with few or no symptoms

What is NASH?

NASH is a form of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in which you have inflammation of the liver and liver cell damage, as well as fat in your liver. The inflammation and liver damage can lead to scarring, called fibrosis.

Research suggests that pre-existing health conditions that are the result of poor diet and low activity, like hypertension and diabetes, increase the risk of NASH development.

How can I prevent NASH?

Since NASH is considered a “silent” disease, people are usually unaware that they have it until it is in an advanced stage of the disease. This can be dangerous because NASH can lead to serious damage to the liver. In fact, according to the NASH Education Program, NASH is expected to become the leading cause of liver transplants by 2020, even surpassing Hepatitis C. Luckily, there are steps that can be taken to prevent NAFLD and the development of NASH:

  • Eating a healthy diet. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, good nutrition is a vital part of leading a healthy lifestyle and can reduce the risk of developing diseases like liver disease, heart disease, and even cancer. Making simple changes to your diet like cutting out added sugars and processed foods, drinking more water, and adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can make a big difference in your health. Get more information on how to eat healthier here.
  • Exercise consistently. Besides eating healthy, exercising is another important factor in maintaining a healthy body weight and contributes to your overall health. According to the American Liver Foundation, regular exercise and physical activity can decrease the impact of illness and chronic diseases in adults like diabetes, liver disease, and Alzheimer’s. Exercising for just a few minutes, three times a week can begin to give you a great amount of health benefits.
  • Getting to know your body. Can you get to a destination if you don’t have directions? Being healthy and preventing NASH is the same concept. You need to understand your health status and how your body is functioning to make the best decisions for your health.

NASH is the silent killer that is continuing to grow but it is also one that can be prevented. Taking steps towards living a healthier lifestyle is the best way to live a happy, healthy, NASH free life.

At Fibronostics, our passion for non-invasive digital diagnostics drives us towards creating solutions that allow you to monitor risk and detect disease, with the goal of eventually forgoing the traditional biopsies and scans currently common practice.

That’s why we developed the LiverFASt™ family of tests for monitoring risk and detecting disease in your liver – the largest organ in your body connected to many common health risks. Allow us to help you understand the health of your liver so that you can stay ahead of the silent killer of Liver Disease and live a happy, healthy life!

Contact us via email, or by phone at 1-888-552-1603 today to learn more about our LiverFASt™ family of diagnostic tests. 

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