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Liver Disease in Diabetes Patients Linked to Increased Risk of CVD, Mortality

By jeremyc | September 8, 2017

People with diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (or NAFD for short) are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD for short), according to a new study.

In this study, the researchers examined data for over 133,000 individuals. The researchers noted that the risk of CVD and death was considerably higher in individuals who had diabetes, as well as NAFD.

Recent data indicates that NAFD is more common than any other type of liver disease in the U.S. Previous research has proved that liver disease is linked to higher risk of CVD and mortality. Additionally, studies have hinted at the existence of strong link between NAFD and diabetes type 2. What’s more, it is believed that when these two conditions are present together, the risk of developing other complications increases.

Even though NAFLD and diabetes type 2 are often present together, and even though NAFLD is linked with a greater risk of CVD, not to mention mortality, it has not been conclusively proven that patients who have both diabetes and NAFLD carry greater risk to cardiovascular disease and death.

In this research it was found that in diabetes patients, NAFLD was linked to about 62% greater incidence rate of severe cardiovascular event, like strokes.

Diabetes patients with NAFLD were also found to carry a 40% greater risk of CVD-related death. The risk of all-cause death was two times more and the risk of death from hepatocellular carcinoma was 41 times more in these patients.

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