Episode 21: Why We Care About Fatty Liver

Johanna DiStefano

Johanna DiStefano Ph.D.

Metabolic and Fibrotic Disease Program

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Experts aren’t sure why some people accumulate fat in the liver while others do not, but they all agree it’s a serious health issue.

One type, known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease — or NAFLD — is a collection of liver conditions affecting people who drink little to no alcohol. It’s also the most common form of chronic liver disease and is tied closely to diabetes.

In episode 21 of TGen Talks, Johanna DiStefano, Ph.D., a Professor in TGen’s Quantitative Medicine and Systems Biology Division and Head of its Diabetes and Fibrotic Disease Unit discusses the connections between NAFLD and diabetes, her work to determine the disease trajectory of patients with NAFLD, and what you can do to avoid getting NAFLD.