Too much fat in the liver can cause health problems. This is called “non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and is the most common type of long-term liver disease. It can become very serious and can lead to a condition known as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Eventually, NASH can progress to liver cancer or cirrhosis (liver damage that can cause liver failure). International researchers have looked at how common these liver problems are in people with type 2 diabetes using a variety of blood tests and a new type of ultrasound scan. They found that 70% of participants had too much fat in their liver. They also found that a more serious type of liver disease that causes scarring (fibrosis) affected at least one out of six (15%) patients with type 2 diabetes. An early diagnosis is important since there are treatments that may slow or reverse the disease.


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