October 22, 2017
WASHINGTON — Women with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease saw significantly higher rates of subsequent cardiovascular events compared with men and saw them occur at a younger age, according to a speaker at The Liver Meeting 2017.
“Sex is such an important risk modifier that it’s included in all the calculators we use in daily practice to estimate someone’s risk of developing future cardiovascular events,” Alina M. Allen, MD, from the department of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., said during a press conference. “It is known that in the general population, the female sex is protective for cardiovascular disease, which means that women are less likely than men to have cardiovascular events. What we found in this study is that this does not hold true in people who have NAFLD; we found that women with NAFLD are not more protected than men with NAFLD.”