NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE AND DIABETES MELLITUSA TALE OF TWO SINS
*Dr Altamash Shaikh, Dr. Ashu Rastogi and Dr Om J. Lakhani
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major global health problem with an increasing incidence and prevalence, particularly in developing and newly industrialized countries. In 2014, 347 million people worldwide had diabetes and World Health Organization (WHO) projects that by the end of 2030, diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death. As per the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in 2015, 69.1 million cases of diabetes have been reported in India. A decade back the major focus of health agencies was on AIDS and tuberculosis, which has shifted to diabetes because of the increasing prevalence of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases world wide including the thrust for research. As the people are living longer and population is aging, the coexistence of NCDs are a real problem to focus that include diabetes and liver diseases. Increasing evidence now suggests that DM is associated with multiple liver diseases, an important one being, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
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