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18 million Filipinos have fatty liver disease or are at risk for it.
Fatty liver disease, a condition referred to as a “hidden epidemic,” affects at least 18 million Filipinos either directly or indirectly.
One of the startling facts provided at the recent online news conference with the title “The Hepatology Society of the Philippines sponsored the event “Fatty Liver Facts: What You Need to Know About This Silent Epidemic” (HSP).
Millions of people worldwide are afflicted by the “hidden epidemic” known as fatty liver disease. Many people don’t realize they have it until it’s too late because it doesn’t exhibit any symptoms in the early stages.
“Fatty liver disease is a common but little-known disorder that can be fatal. According to Dr. Allan Policarpio, president of the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology, the public can learn more about it by listening to professionals.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) and its more severe form, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, are the two kinds of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) (NASH).
Too much fat is accumulated in liver cells, which is the fundamental difference between the two. Small amounts of fat in the liver are normal, but if the weight of the liver is more than 5% to 10% fat, then there is a problem.
According to Dr. Edhel S. Tripon of HSP, fatty liver is the world’s fastest-rising cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis. “According to him, people who are obese, diabetic, or have high blood pressure are more likely to develop fatty liver.
More than 18 million Filipinos are obese or overweight. According to Dr. Diana Alcantara-Payawal, president of the Philippine College of Physicians, the are all prone to NAFLD. She continued, “Some of them may already have fatty liver disease and are not aware of it.
Tripon emphasized the significance of maintaining a healthy liver. “Because the liver is a multitasking hard worker, it is crucial to maintain its health. The key to good health is a healthy liver.
Dr. Wendell Z. Espinosa, vice president of the HSP, stated that in order to reduce the chance of developing fatty liver disease in adolescents and young people, “we need to promote knowledge about how to prevent modifiable risk factors among them. In order to improve prevention, early detection, and treatment of the problem, we need to raise public knowledge of the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
The leading institution for the investigation and treatment of liver disease and health in the Philippines is the Hepatology Society of the Philippines. HSP conducts research, imparts knowledge, and advocates for the treatment of conditions that affect the liver. Sharing knowledge, services, and experience with the international community in the prevention and treatment of liver disorders is a part of its goal.