Dramatic rise in obesity, fatty liver disease increases need for transplants

March 12, 2017

In fact, fatty liver can be significantly reduced by just losing 12 percent of your current body weight and other disease related to obesity such as type 2 diabetes can be improved by weight loss."There has been enough talk about prevention, it's time for patients and physicians take these problems seriously," Gaber said. "We need to treat people early. Get them into exercise programs, change their diets and better educate them about the consequences of not changing their lifestyles."If these problems are not addressed soon, or a new source for organs found, it will be inevitable that some sort of rationing based on weight and other medical conditions might have to be introduced into the system, he said."Just like the environment, if you intervene and stop the trend now you will hopefully prevent it from getting worse," Gaber said. "I really don't want to have to tell someone in 10 years that new rules prevent them from even being listed and that we do not have an organ for them because there are not enough to go around."

Source: Methodist J.C. Walter Transplant Center