Most People With Type 2 Diabetes Have A Fatty Liver

Research has shown more than 60 percent of type 2 diabetics have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and most of them don’t know it. In people under the age of 58, almost 79 percent have a fatty liver.

These findings came from a study conducted at the University of California, San Diego. Fatty liver disease is just one component of what is known as metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and syndrome X. Other common features of the condition are elevated blood pressure, large waist circumference, elevated blood fats and high blood sugar.

Here is a very important quote from senior author Rohit Loomba, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California: "Most patients have no idea that they have fatty liver disease until they develop cirrhosis, and that's why it's a silent killer”. How very true.

The earlier a liver condition is diagnosed, the better the long term prognosis. The liver has a remarkable ability to recover and repair itself, but only up to a point. If you have type 2 diabetes it is vitally important you have your liver checked by your doctor regularly. Read more about fatty liver.