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Diabetes 'a sign of liver disease'

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Type 2 diabetes could be a sign of serious liver disease, a study has indicated.

Canadian researchers discovered that adults who have been recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are much more likely to subsequently develop liver cirrhosis, failure or require a transplant than the rest of the population.

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, concluded that people recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, a condition linked to excess weight or obesity, may slowly endure liver damage from excess accumulation of liver fat over many years before and after the onset of diabetes.

Joel Ray, associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, revealed the research stems from a growing understanding of the relationship between insulin resistance and fat metabolism.

In recent years, scientists have discovered that liver can be a major storehouse of fat. The accumulation of fat in the liver among those who do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol is known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

The research was not immediately available online.

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