Overweight young men, more prone to liver diseases and liver-related deaths – study

  • Overweight young men are more prone to having severe liver diseases
  • This was based on a study conducted by the Center for Digestive Diseases at Karolinska Institute
  • The study was conducted long-term by analyzing men enlisted in military service between 1969 to 1970 and observing their health records until 2009

A study in Sweden found that overweight young men pose more risks in acquiring a liver disease as they grow older.

Researchers from the Center for Digestive Diseases at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm examined men enlisted in military service from 1969 to 1970.

Using their records, they found that 64% of these men who were overweight when they were young were likelier to have liver disease in the next 40 years  and worse, die due to their liver conditions.

“Most likely, these teens already had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) at the start of the study or developed it down the road,” lead author Dr. Hannes Hagstrom was quoted in a Reuters story.

“We know that some persons with NAFLD do develop severe liver disease,” he added.

The study was conducted by using a sample of 44,248 Swedish military men whose national records were assessed up to 2009. Upon reviewing these records, the study found that 393 of this sample had been detected with severe liver disease.

“Those who were overweight as teens were at the greater risk, even after the analysis accounted for alcohol and tobacco use,” the story said.

“The highest risk for several liver disease later on in life was alcohol consumption of more than 3.5 bottles of wine per week,” it added.

Hagstrom noted that a similar study on women would render the same results but strongly suggests it should be done as well.

Aside from liver failure, a separate study, also conducted in the country, found that overweight young men are also at risk in experiencing heart failure.