Doctors unmask new ways to treat fatty liver disease

Doctors unmask new ways to treat fatty liver disease
(Source: Raycom Media)

(KAIT/NBC) - Fatty liver disease affects five million people in their 40s and 50s each year in the United States.

This disease is a leading cause of liver transplant, but people may not even know they're suffering from it.

New research and technology like the fibroscan machine helps doctors find damage quicker and determine the best treatment.

Still, gastroenterologist Dr. Guy Neff says more people should be getting screened.

"The vast majority of these patients, nearly all of them are asymptomatic, meaning they do not have any symptoms," said Dr. Neff. "They may have a vague right upper quadrant pain, they may notice some sleep-wake issues, maybe some pruritus."

In addition to trial drugs, lifestyle changes like diet and exercise can help improve fatty liver disease.

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