Childhood Liver Disease Reaches New High
Kids can have liver disease?
Liver disease is more common in adult alcoholics, but a new study shows at least 1 in 10 children have the same disease.
While the kids are more likely to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the shocking numbers are due to the trending spike in childhood obesity. Researchers found about 40% of obese children have the disease.
This fatty liver disease occurs when the organ gets bloated and begins damaging cells.
The scariest thing about the disease is that it has no symptoms. Children can go for years without ever being diagnosed. The silent disease is usually detected with other health problems such as obesity and diabetes.
There is hope for the 10% of children who are thought to have the disease. Doctors agree the typical weight loss by healthy eating and exercise can treat the disease and introducing vitamin E into diets.
Another option doctors are currently testing for children is bariatric surgery.
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