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High or low birth weight may increase risk of liver disease

A study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have investigated the relationship between low or high birth weight and development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Children with a high or low birth weight may be at an increased risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to researchers.

A group at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, along with clinical collaborators across the United States, obtained information for 538 children with NAFLD included in a national clinical research database.

They categorised their birth weights as either low, medium or high, and compared them with the birth weight distribution in the general US population.

'Closer attention'

The study found that children with NAFLD were more likely to have a low or high birth weight when compared with the general population.

Among children with NAFLD, those with low or high


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