18 Jan '12, 7am

Fatty liver on the rise in young Singaporeans #Singapore

Fatty liver on the rise in young Singaporeans #Singapore

The incidence of fatty liver is increasing in Singapore (Thinkstock photo) Once considered a middle-aged disease and associated with excessive alcohol drinking, fatty liver disease is now affecting more young people who drink little or no alcohol. "The incidence of fatty liver in Singapore is increasing just like in most parts of the developed world. Many of the relatively young people whom I treat for gallstone disease also have fatty liver," says Pierce Chow , senior consultant at the Department of General Surgery of Singapore General Hospital (SGH ) and professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore . The good news is a simple fatty liver condition is reversible in most cases. However, if it is not managed properly, it can lead to a more serious liver disease called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) where the fatty liver becomes inflamed. NASH may progre...

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