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Victims of liver disease are getting younger

Alcohol abuse contributes to big rise in liver disease deaths


Victims of liver disease are getting younger

Liver disease accounts for more than one in 10 deaths of people in their 40s according to shocking new statistics. And for a third of women who died of liver disease, alcohol was to blame.

The number of deaths from liver disease has reached an all-time high in England, rising by 25 per cent over the last decade, according to the report by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network. 

Professor Martin Lombard, national clinical director for liver disease, says the alarming report is a warning to us to make changes.

'The key drivers for increasing numbers of deaths from liver disease are all preventable, such as alcohol, obesity, hepatitis C and hepatitis B,' says Lombard. 'We must focus our efforts and tackle this problem sooner rather than later.’

The report says that while people are increasingly dying from liver disease, the major causes of death, such as heart disease, are simultaneously declining.

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SOONER RATHER THAN LATER ,LOAD OF BULL, ALL THE LIVER DISEASES MENTIONED CAN BE FOUND WITH A CHEAP TEST. THE TYPE THAT IS KILLING ME DOES NOT SHOW UP. YOU CAN HAVE IT FOR 40 YEARS ,BANG YOUR LIVER FAILS .IT'S NOT SELF INFLICTED LIKE THE ABOVE. THEY TOLD ME IT COULD HAVE BEEN TREATED 10 YEARS AGO.IF MY GP HAD ONLY LOOKED,HE ASSUMED IT WAS DRINK. AS THE AREA I LIVE IS FULL OF ALKIS .IF YOUR GP IS RUBBISH CHANGE DR QUICK. & FOR GOODNESS SAKE DON'T LET THEM ASSUME ANYTHING ,BE TESTED. 
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