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ALF NASH Day 2021 Statement

ALF NASH Day 2021 Statement
In September 2020, the American Liver Foundation held a virtual NASH roundtable to help address the unmet needs of those living with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis. From ...

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition in which fat builds up in your liver. The more severe form of NAFLD is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH causes the liver to swell and become damaged. To calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) and to learn if you’re at risk for NASH, take this Risk Assessment Quiz.

Thursday, June 10th is International NASH Day 2021. Join us in raising awareness and find out how you can take action by visiting the official #NASHday website!

NASH Tendencies

NASH tends to develop in people who are overweight or obese, or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. However, some people have NASH even if they do not have any risk factors.

Most people with NASH are between the ages of 40 and 60 years. It is more common in women than in men. NASH often has no symptoms and people can have NASH for years before symptoms occur.

NASH is one of the leading causes of cirrhosis in adults in the United States. Up to 25% of adults with NASH may have cirrhosis.

Managing Liver Disease

Learn more about understanding the differences between NAFLD and NASH.

French Fries

Explore who’s at risk and see if children can be impacted.

Foods to Avoid

Learn more about recognizing the signs and symptoms of NASH.

Liver Function tests

Learn what factors determine a diagnosis for NASH.

Researcher Microscope

Learn how NASH can lead to some serious complications.

Doctors

Learn how NASH is treated differently from NAFLD.

Doctors with patient in hospital room

Learn about clinical trials and if they are right for you.

Talking to your doctor about NASH is critical, and it’s a conversation that could save your life. Asking the right questions is an important part of getting the most from your doctor’s visit. Use this guide to help begin your conversation with your doctor and record the answers below.

View and download our NASH Patient and Physician Discussion Guide

NASH Patient Bill of Rights
Empower yourself to work with your doctors and medical team to achieve the best health outcomes on your journey with NASH by downloading our NASH Patient Bill of Rights. For more details, click here…

NASH Support Group on Facebook
Visit the American Liver Foundation Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) support group on Facebook. For more details, click here…

ABOUT NASH

FROM THE DOCTOR’S DESK

A doctor explains NAFLD/NASH

This video was created by the American Liver Foundation, which is solely responsible for its content. It was made possible through a generous educational grant by the Allergan Foundation ...

Fatty Liver Disease From a Bariatric Surgeon’s Perspective

Date Recorded April 9, 2019 Program An American Liver Foundation webinar aired April 9th, 2019 featuring Dr. Makram Gedeon, MD,  Bristol Hospital Multi-Specialty Group and ALF Community Outreach and Education Manager, Connecticut Division, Donna Sciacca. Who Should Watch Medical professionals, patients and caregivers of people who have fatty liver disease ...

PATIENT’S CORNER

How did you first hear about NAFLD or NASH?

This video was created by the American Liver Foundation, which is solely responsible for its content. It was made possible through a generous educational grant by the Allergan Foundation ...

What symptoms have you experienced with NAFLD/NASH?

This video was created by the American Liver Foundation, which is solely responsible for its content. It was made possible through a generous educational grant by the Allergan Foundation ...

What advice do you have for those recently diagnosed with NASH?

This video was created by the American Liver Foundation, which is solely responsible for its content. It was made possible through a generous educational grant by the Allergan Foundation ...

AWARENESS

International NASH Day Webinar

This video features Dr. Tuan Pham from the University of Utah who discusses the current the landscape of NASH, as well as NASH Caregiver David Frank, who lost his mother to this disease ...
Healthy and Sick Livers

The Healthy Liver

A healthy liver has the amazing ability to grow back, or regenerate when damaged.

Fibrosis

When treated successfully at this stage, there’s a chance your liver can heal itself.

Liver Cancer

Cirrhosis and hepatitis B are leading risk factors for primary liver cancer.

Liver Transplant

Removal of unhealthy liver and replace with a whole or portion of a healthy liver.

There are many different types of liver disease. But no matter what type you have, the damage to your liver is likely to progress in a similar way.

Whether your liver is infected with a virus, injured by chemicals, or under attack from your own immune system, the basic danger is the same – that your liver will become so damaged that it can no longer work to keep you alive.

Cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure are serious conditions that can threaten your life. Once you have reached these stages of liver disease, your treatment options may be very limited.

That’s why it’s important to catch liver disease early, in the inflammation and fibrosis stages. If you are treated successfully at these stages, your liver may have a chance to heal itself and recover.

Talk to your doctor about liver disease. Find out if you are at risk or if you should undergo any tests or vaccinations.

Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Before an experimental treatment can be tested on human subjects in a clinical trial, it must have shown benefit in laboratory testing or animal research studies. The most promising treatments are then moved into clinical trials, with the goal of identifying new ways to safely and effectively prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease.

Speak with your doctor about the ongoing progress and results of these trials to get the most up-to-date information on new treatments. Participating in a clinical trial is a great way to contribute to curing, preventing and treating liver disease and its complications.

Start your search here to find clinical trials that need people like you.


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