Lean patients with NAFLD have higher mortality: study

Clinicians should give lean patients with NAFLD the same attention as their non-lean counterparts, say researchers.
Sarah Simpkins

Lean patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease have higher mortality rates than their overweight and obese counterparts, US doctors have found.

This is despite lean individuals in their retrospective cohort having a lower incidence of cirrhosis and diabetes, as well as similar rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer.