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Liver disease risk tied to diabetes, blood glucose levels, study finds

A study in Hepatology showed a log-linear and positive association between the risk of liver cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and cirrhosis for every 1 mmol/L of random plasma glucose among patients without a previous diagnosis of diabetes. Researchers used a cohort of 503,993 Chinese individuals and found that diabetes remained a significant risk factor for cirrhosis, liver cancer, alcoholic liver disease and NAFLD among those with incident diabetes after baseline, with the risk factors remaining high after 10 years or more of being diagnosed with liver disease, cirrhosis or NAFLD.

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