Saturday, October 6, 2012

Activist Post: 10% of U.S. Teens Have Liver Disease…Why?

 Did you know about 10% of teenagers have liver disease? The figure would be unbelievable if it wasn’t substantiated with solid science. But, it’s true—an estimated one-in-ten teens in the United States has nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD; this according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

The NHANES looked at over 10,300 teens between the ages of 12 and 18 from 1998 to 2008, and found that 9.9% suffer from the disease commonly only thought of as an adult disease, and a rare one at that.


Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has always been associated with obesity, and as we see a growing number of kids who are obese, it would make sense that we would see a growing number with liver disease. But, scientist Marilyn Vos, of Emery University, says the NHANES found incidents of NAFLD among teens to actually be
growing faster than teen obesity rates. This is truly cause for alarm.

Activist Post: 10% of U.S. Teens Have Liver Disease…Why?

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