Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Problems in Perception and Solution OE01-OE05
Dr. Piyush Ranjan,
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110029, India.
Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is now being recognised as a healthcare burden in India and abroad. An inevitable increase in its incidence is expected in future, presenting before the physicians a larger number of NAFLD patients to manage. The NAFLD patients are prescribed calorie restricted diets for weight loss, along with increased physical activity as the first line of treatment. However, the real challenge lies in making the patients adhere to this prescription. NAFLD, being asymptomatic, is often overlooked by the patients as well as the physicians. Many patients do not perceive it as a serious problem, unless it reaches an advanced stage. Poor awareness, lack of seriousness towards the disease and unwillingness to change behaviour are the major hurdles in the success of NAFLD treatment. Correct perception about this growing epidemic and adoption of an interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach for its effective treatment can go a long way in controlling NAFLD. Initiatives that encourage healthy lifestyle, using the component of behaviour therapy for sustained results, may be a promising solution to this liver condition.