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Fatty Liver in Diabetics may predict Heart Disease

Type 2 diabetics with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (liver disease not attributable to alcohol abuse) have a “moderately increased” risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Researchers working at the Sacro Cuore Hospital of Negrar in Verona, Italy, found that individuals with fatty liver disease had an 84 percent risk of developing heart problems. The group studied 2,103 people with type 2 diabetes who do not have heart disease at the start of the study. The patients were followed up for five years, after which it was found that 248 subjects developed nonfatal coronary heart disease (heart attack that did not result to death or needing heart bypass or angioplasty), or suffered a stroke, or died of other cardiovascular causes.

According to the researchers, doctors should be alert when fatty liver disease is detected on an ultrasound in their type 2 diabetic patients because of the underlying cardiovascular risk, as well as the risk that it will develop to a more advanced liver disease.

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