June 12 is International NASH Day. NASH stands for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which is a liver disease.
NASH is the most severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD. NAFLD affects an estimated 1 out of 4 adults in the U.S. Despite how common it is, not many people know about it.
Veteran Lorenzo is sharing his story in this video to help others learn about NAFLD.
Lorenzo has already lost over 50 pounds. Losing weight is an important part of treating NAFLD. It is important to address NAFLD before it leads to NASH and does further damage to a person’s liver.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is when fat stores increase in the liver of somebody who rarely drinks. The fat deposits can cause liver damage. Some people can go on to develop severe liver scarring, called cirrhosis.
NAFLD most often occurs in people with high blood sugar, obesity or high cholesterol. Most people feel fine and have no symptoms, but heart disease, stroke and diabetes are more common in people with fatty liver.
Veterans with questions about NAFLD can talk to a VA provider and ask about VA resources for losing weight. Learn more about NAFLD at https://www.hepatitis.va.gov/nafl/patient/index.asp.
Elizabeth Maguire, MSW, is the Communications Lead for the HIV, Hepatitis, and Related Conditions Program Office.