The impact of fatty liver in chronic hepatitis b

21 May, 2023

Fatty liver is one of the most frequent diseases and affects 25-30% of the world population.

On the other hand, chronic hepatitis B virus constitutes a global health problem and there are approximately 316 million people infected in the world, with a global prevalence of 4%.

Frequently, fatty liver coexists with chronic hepatitis B, but the possible clinical consequences of the existence of a fatty liver on hepatitis B are unknown. An article studying this fact has been published in the prestigious journal Hepatology.

The development of fatty liver in chronic hepatitis B has been shown to increase the risk of liver cirrhosis and is associated with a higher probability of developing liver cancer.

It is important to know the causes of the fatty liver

For these reasons it is essential that patients with chronic hepatitis B control the possible causes of the appearance of fatty liver. For this, it is convenient that they exercise between 3 and 5 hours a week and they monitor overweight. In addition, the doctor must correct the metabolic causes of fatty liver development (high levels of cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides). Finally, chronic hepatitis B should not be neglected, and if necessary, the hepatologist must administer antiviral drugs (tenofovir, entecavir). Finally, we must not forget that in both diseases it is essential to avoid alcohol intake.

If you want to know more about liver diseases or need treatment, ask your appointment with us. We have the best professionals, led by Dr. Vicente Carreño, specialists in liver diseases and internal medicine.

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