Liver disease: obesity and alcohol is a deadly combination

Liver Disease

Professor McCaughan believes you should “love your liver”.

The deadly exponential effect of the combination of obesity and alcohol, can increase the likelihood of liver disease in women, a new study has found.

Professor Geoff McCaughan, head of Centenary Institute’s Liver Injury and Cancer group, has recently commented on the findings of a new study that found overweight women who drink regularly, have a much higher risk of liver disease. Frighteningly, researchers believe these findings could also apply to men.

The research was based on a study of more than 107,000 UK women, which showed that the chance of developing liver disease is increased by both drinking and being overweight. However, when these factors were combined, the women in the study were three times more likely to develop liver disease.

Professor McCaughan highlights that ”diabetes, heart disease and liver disease are all intertwined, but the liver side of things has been under-recognised”.

“Instead of saying that alcohol, fatty liver disease and hepatitis are problems, they’ve done an analysis where they start to combine these factors.

“The combination of obesity and alcohol — they’re not just doubling on each other. They’re having an exponential effect.”

Professor McCaughan also believes the same risk would probably apply to men and said that ”we need health authorities to realise this is a priority… [as] it’s getting people to think about their liver health. If liver health isn’t good, it’s another motivation for intervention.”