Fatty time bomb

Liver disease is widespread, under-diagnosed, and suffers an image problem because of its association with alcohol, according to experts.

Most of Europe’s estimated 15 million liver patients know nothing of their condition. Fatty liver disease, or steatorrhoeic hepatosis (pictured), also known as ‘rich person’s disease’, affects one in four adults. If untreated, it can lead to cirrhosis and irreversible organ damage.

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