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Disease Combo Raises Risks to the Liver

Hepatitis C and fatty liver disease tax the critical organ, study finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- People afflicted with both hepatitis C and fatty liver disease also tend to be obese and have an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, contends a new study.

The researchers found no link between hepatitis C and the type of fatty liver disease not related to alcohol consumption. However, they did find that people with both conditions were much more likely to be obese and had much higher levels of diabetes, high blood pressure and abnormal blood fats.

Altogether, these conditions increase the risk of developing chronic liver disease, the study says.

The findings stem from a five-year analysis of 4,000 liver biopsies by researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, in Richmond, Va. Results appear in the September issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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SOURCE: Virginia Commonwealth University, news release, Sept. 24, 2003
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