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Liver Disease | Fatty Liver Disease Doesn’t Affect Survival, Study Finds

MONDAY, Nov. 28 ( HealthDay News ) — A condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease ( NAFLD ) does not increase the risk of death, according to a new study finding that surprised Johns Hopkins researchers.

It’s long been thought that NAFLD — a condition associated with obesity and heart disease — had a detrimental impact on health and longevity. But the new study concluded that NAFLD does not affect survival.

“Physicians have considered fatty liver disease a really worrisome risk factor for cardiovascular disease ,” study leader Dr. Mariana Lazo , a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, said in a Hopkins news release.

“Our data analysis shows this doesn’t appear to be the case. We were surprised to say the least because we expected to learn by how much non-alcoholic fatty liver disease increased the risk of death and instead found the answer was not at all,” Lazo explained.

The researchers analyzed data from more than 11,000 Americans, aged 20 to 74, who were followed for up to 18 years as part of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination

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