Abstract: #55 Cardiovascular Risk in NAFLD–Not an Equal Opportunity: Implications for Women’s Health – Alina M. Allen, et al.
People with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) have a higher risk for cardiovascular (CV) events. This Mayo Clinic study investigated possible sex-related differences in CV risk among people with NAFLD. Using data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project database, researchers looked at 4,196 adults diagnosed with NAFLD in Olmsted County, MN between 1997-2014. Slightly more than half were women (52%). They compared the adults with NAFLD to 15,786 in the general population.
Conclusion: Compared to the general population, women with NAFLD had a significantly higher incidence of CV events, but men did not. Also, CV events occurred at a younger age.
Editorial Comments: NAFLD is potentially serious, but still under the radar. It’s time to step up awareness about NAFLD, especially regarding women.
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