Who is at Risk for Developing Liver Fibrosis?

Risk factors for developing liver fibrosis are as follows:

  • Chronic infection with hepatitis B or C virus
  • Gender (fibrosis occurs more rapidly in men than in women)
  • Age (people over 50)
  • Compromised immune system (due to coinfection with HIV or use of immunosuppressive drugs after a liver transplant)
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Fatty liver (steatosis)
  • Insulin resistance (the condition in which the cells of the body become resistant to the effects of insulin, that is, the normal response to a given amount of insulin is reduced. As a result, higher levels of insulin are needed in order for insulin to have its effects)
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