NASH has been called a “hidden epidemic.” Millions of people are at risk, yet people with the disease show no symptoms until the very late stages. Diagnosing the disease is also difficult as it can take decades to progress to advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis, and it can only be diagnosed with an invasive and painful liver biopsy. While there is a lot we don’t know about NASH, there are many things we do know.
Did you know that kids could get liver disease? That’s right -- approximately 15,000 hospitalizations occur each year for pediatric liver disease in the U.S.
As we gather in gratitude this Thanksgiving, let us remember to give thanks for such “livers” in the world: Individuals who work selflessly and tirelessly—often quietly and away from the limelight—toward the betterment of their fellow human beings.
Statistics show that as many as one-third of adults living with a chronic illness are at greater risk of contracting the potentially deadly pneumococcal disease. Worse, if a person living with liver disease contracts pneumococcal disease, the long-term potential for worsening of their disease is elevated.
We, the hepatitis community, are at a critical juncture. We have a global strategy, we have the tools, but to ensure viral hepatitis is eliminated by 2030, we need to strengthen our call and join together under one banner, one voice – and this voice is NOhep.