Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Dermatological map could lead to new treatments
Fri January 22nd - A newly created skin cell map offers a “huge leap” in understanding of disease and could pave the way for potential drug treatments for painful skin diseases, British researchers say. More
Half a million doctors needed for cancer surgery
Fri January 22nd - The world will need half a million more doctors in the next 20 years, just to cope with growing demand for cancer surgery, according to a major new analysis. More
On 09/10/2020 William Haworth wrote:
How long is recovery time after proceedure... on Ablation cuts atrial fibrillat...
On 04/08/2020 VICKY P ADAM wrote:
I would like to thank WORLD HERBS CLINIC for reve... on Medieval remedy for bacterial ...
On 29/07/2020 Amdre wrote:
When i read many blogs online about cure to HSV, a... on Medieval remedy for bacterial ...
On 14/07/2020 margret wrote:
I was diagnosed of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclero... on Heart abnormalities revealed i...
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...

Liver disease concern for young overweight men

Tuesday March 21st, 2017

Overweight or obese young men have an increased risk of developing severe liver disease or liver cancer in later life, researchers from Sweden say today.

The risk applies regardless of alcohol intake, researchers found.

Researchers from Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, found that the association between high body mass index (BMI) and the future development of severe liver disease appears starts at even an early age. The risk is further heightened if men go on to develop type 2 diabetes.

Dr Hannes Hagström, of the university’s Centre for Digestive Diseases, and team undertook an observational study, using register data from more than 1.2 million Swedish men enlisted for military conscription between 1969 and 1996, to look at how BMI in early adolescents impacts on liver problems later in life.

The men were followed up from one year after conscription until 31 December 2012 and the researchers found that during follow-up of more than 34 million person-years, there were 5,281 cases of severe liver disease, including 251 cases of liver cancer.

They also discovered that overweight men were nearly 50% more likely and obese men more than twice as likely to develop liver disease in later life than men who were normal weight.

The highest risk was among men who developed type 2 diabetes as they were found to have a three times greater risk of liver problems when they were older compared with non-diabetic, normal weight men.

Alcohol consumption and smoking were taken into account and men who were diagnosed with alcoholic liver disease during follow-up were excluded.

Writing in Gut, the researchers said the increased prevalence of overweight and obesity could result in an increase in severe liver disease cases.

“This could have implications for public health decision making, strengthening the need of targeted intervention against overweight and obesity at an early age and specifically highlights the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus as a risk factor for liver disease,” they conclude.

“Screening of men with type 2 diabetes mellitus for presence of manifest liver disease using non-invasive, inexpensive scoring systems could be a way forward.

“Interventions to reduce the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity should be implemented from an early age to reduce the future burden of severe liver disease on individuals and society.”

Hagström H, Tynelius P, Rasmussen F. High BMI in late adolescence predicts future severe liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma: a national, population-based cohort study in 1.2 million men. Gut. 20 March 2017. doi 10.1136/gutjnl-2016-313622 [abstract]

Tags: Europe | Fitness | Infancy to Adolescence | Internal Medicine | Men's Health

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)