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BMI Increases Risk of Liver Cirrhosis

April 15, 2010

In a study published in the British Medical Journal, doctors determined the relation between BMI and liver cirrhosis, and the contribution that BMI and alcohol consumption make to the incidence of liver cirrhosis in middle-aged women in the U.K. They found that excess body weight increases the incidence of liver cirrhosis. In middle-aged women in the U.K., an estimated 17 percent of incident or fatal liver cirrhosis is attributable to excess body weight. This compares with an estimated 42 percent attributable to alcohol.

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