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Stroke

10 January 2011

Liver disease, possible predictor of stroke

People suffering from fatty liver disease may be three times more likely to suffer a stroke than individuals without fatty liver.

People suffering from fatty liver disease may be three times more likely to suffer a stroke than individuals without fatty liver, according to a study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the London Health Sciences Centre. The study is the first to find a link between non alcoholic fatty liver disease — a disease characterised by the accumulation of fat in the liver in non drinkers — and stroke. 

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a common condition that often has no symptoms or complications. Risk factors include obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and, especially, insulin resistance.

 

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