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Prevalence and Risk Factors for Nafld in Asian People Who Are Not Obese.
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PMID:  22741595     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Fatty liver (hepatic steatosis) is prevalent in industrialised countries. It is typically linked to obesity, central obesity and the presence of metabolic syndrome. With the introduction of a westernized lifestyle and the increasing frequency of obesity in the Asia-Pacific region, the prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been increasing over the past two decades. The risk factors are similar to those in other ethnic populations; but it is important to adopt the regional (ethnic-specific) anthropometric criteria to define overweight, obesity (including central obesity) and metabolic syndrome. To be noted, even using strict ethnic-specific criteria, a high percentage (15-21%) of Asia-Pacific NAFLD subjects in some series have been found to be non-obese, ie to have a normal BMI (17.5-22.4 kg/m(2) ) or to be overweight (BMI 22.5-24.9 kg/m(2) ). Differential distribution of visceral adipose tissue, recent increase in body weight, intake of high cholesterol diet and genetic background are factors likely associated with the development of NAFLD in these non-obese (but often overweight) Asia-Pacific subjects. Furthermore, insulin resistance may be the underlying key mechanism. In addition, since NAFLD may be the hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome, the presence of NAFLD is a predictor of future type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Therefore interventions at the public health level are indicated to halt the trend of overweight as well as obesity in Asia-Pacific region, particularly amongst those with relevant family history. Since the pathophysiology of NAFLD is closely related to metabolic derangement, lifestyle modification remains the cornerstone of management. © 2012 Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Foundation and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Chun-Jen Liu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1440-1746     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8607909     Medline TA:  J Gastroenterol Hepatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Foundation and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, and Hepatitis Research Center, National Taiwan University College of Medicine and National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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