Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Implications for Clinical Practice and Health Promotion

Bethany Croke, FNP-BC; Deborah Sampson, FNP-BC

Disclosures

Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2012;8(1):45-50. 

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Epidemiology

An estimated 20% to 30% of the American adult population has some form of NAFLD.[1] Furthermore, approximations state that up to 80% of obese people have the disease.[5] Fatty liver and NASH occur in both pediatric and adult patients, with the highest prevalence in the 40- to 49-year-old age group. It is the most common liver abnormality in children ages 2 to 19.[9] The disease appears equally in men and women and across all ethnicities. In the United States the prevalence is higher in the Hispanic population compared to Caucasian and African American populations.

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