You’ve probably heard of fatty liver disease – a disease commonly associated with those who partake of too much alcohol, causing problems for the liver among other issues. But did you know there’s another form of liver disease, that’s rising in occurrence even among those who rarely or never imbibe? There is, and it’s called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It’s a growing problem, and although its true prevalence is unknown, some estimates suggest it may affect as many as one-third of American adults.
Topics: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
A recent study shows a 65 percent increase in deaths form cirrhosis of the liver since 1999. While that is a worrisome number, there is a second statistic within that study that is even more troubling: The biggest increase in deaths from cirrhosis is among people aged 25 to 34 – and it’s rising by 10 percent a year among this age group.
Topics: alcoholic liver disease
If you’ve been experiencing heartburn more than a couple times a week, acid creeping up into your throat, bloating, nausea or hiccups that don’t let up, you might be affected by acid reflux disease, which in chronic or severe cases is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). And you wouldn’t be alone – acid reflux disease can affect anyone at any age with 1-in-2 Americans experiencing it.