The most common liver disease you've never heard of
Nash Bash is a virtual festival hosted by the American Liver Foundation’s Associate Board of Young Professionals to raise awareness about a liver disease known as Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) -just one of the hundred liver diseases out there - many which have nothing to do with alcohol.
Most people have never heard of NASH, but don’t worry - we’re here to change that!
First, let’s take a step back to understand where NASH comes from. NASH is the more severe form of a liver disease called Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is a condition that causes fat to build up in your liver. While people with obesity issues and other health issues like high cholesterol or diabetes tend to have NAFLD, you don’t have to be overweight to get it. NAFLD can easily turn to NASH, which causes the liver to swell and become damaged, leading to cirrhosis.
NAFLD is the most common chronic liver condition in the United States. It’s estimated that about 25 percent of adults in the U.S. have NAFLD. Of those with NAFLD, about 20 percent have NASH. Some people have NASH even if they do not have any risk factors. Most people with NASH are between the ages of 40 and 60 years, and the disease is more common in women than in men.
NASH often has no symptoms and people can have NASH for years before symptoms occur. If you do have symptoms, you may feel tired or have pain in the upper right side of your abdomen, where your liver is.
The first line of treatment for NAFLD and NASH is weight loss, done through a combination of calorie reduction, exercise, and healthy eating. Weight loss can reduce fat and inflammation in the liver.
The role of ALF in bashing NASH
The American Liver Foundation (ALF) provides education to patients and health care professionals to encourage people to proactively have their liver checked for NAFLD, NASH, and hundreds of other liver diseases.
We actively create support groups for liver disease and caregivers to let them know they are not alone, support researchers that are looking for new treatments and cures for liver disease, spearhead national awareness campaigns to bring attention to NAFLD and NASH, and work hard to raise funds and awareness for liver disease through free in-person and virtual educational programs for people of all ages.
So thank you for joining us! Your donation helps us get one step closer to our vision of a world without liver disease.