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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Is a Precursor of New-Onset Metabolic Syndrome in Metabolically Healthy Young Adults

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Yoo, Jeong-Ju; Cho, Eun Ju; Chung, Goh Eun; Chang, Young; Cho, Yuri; Park, Sang-Hyun; Jeong, Su-Min; Kim, Bo-Yeon; Shin, Dong Wook; Kim, Yun Joon; Yoon, Jung-Hwan; Han, Kyungdo; Yu, Su Jong

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Journal of Clinical Medicine, Vol.11 No.4, p. 935
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS). However, the temporal relationship between NAFLD and MetS has yet to be evaluated, especially in young adults. In this study, we investigated whether NAFLD could be a precursor for MetS in metabolically healthy young adults. Using the Korean nationwide health screening database, we analyzed subjects aged 20-39 years who were free from any component of MetS between 2009 and 2012. A total of 1,659,192 subjects without excessive alcohol consumption or concomitant liver disease were categorized into three groups according to the fatty liver index (FLI): (1) NAFLD (FLI >= 60); (2) borderline NAFLD (30 <= FLI < 60); and (3) control (FLI < 30). During the 6,699,462 person-years of follow-up, 109,239 subjects developed MetS (16.3 per 1000-person-years). The NAFLD group and the borderline NAFLD group were associated with a higher risk of MetS than the control group (incidence rate ratios, 2.9 (95% confidence interval (CI), 2.7-3.1) for the NAFLD group and 2.1 (95% CI, 2.1-2.2) for the borderline NAFLD group, respectively). In addition, all of the metabolic components were positively associated with FLI in a proportional manner. NAFLD is associated with the future onset of MetS in young adults. Therefore, active lifestyle intervention is required for young adults diagnosed with NAFLD to prevent MetS and other metabolic diseases.
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