To mark International NASH Day, Meaghers Pharmacy and Diabetes Ireland joins forces once again with one of Ireland’s leading Hepatologists and Gastroenterologists, Professor Suzanne Norris, to raise awareness about NASH and NAFLD and to highlight the urgent need for NAFLD screening to become part of routine testing in Type 2 Diabetes.
What is International NASH day?
International NASH Day is a global occasion to raise awareness about Non-Alcoholic SteatoHepatitis (NASH), the advanced form of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), and the actions that people can take to address this life-threatening disease worldwide.
The importance of NASH awareness
Ongoing research by Prof Norris and her team demonstrates that 1 in 5 people with Type 2 Diabetes will have advanced fibrosis (scarring) or cirrhosis of the liver, a complication of diabetes that people living with diabetes are frequently unaware of.
Over the last number of months, the health risks for people with diabetes and obesity have been in the spotlight, as medical research has indicted that people with diabetes and/or obesity are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19.
Booking your Liver Wellness scan
Using the innovative FibroScan Liver Assessment, over the month of May and June, people with Type 2 Diabetes will be invited to attend dedicated Meaghers Pharmacies for a 10 minute, non-invasive and pain-free liver test.
Following the scan, a consultant report with recommendations will be sent to each person and their GP so appropriate treatment, if required, can commence.
Screening will be carried out in a safe environment and in line with Government Regulations for the prevention of Covid-19.