A recently published study by SingHealth, the largest healthcare group in Singapore, has revealed that Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) could be affecting almost half the adults in the country - a figure well above Asia’s 30% average.
NAFLD is becoming a more prevalent condition globally, with recent studies reporting that it will become one of the biggest health issues in Saudi Arabia over the next few years, so this rise in Singapore mirrors the global trend - albeit on a concerningly large scale.
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is a condition which is almost exclusively seen in people who are overweight or obese. A fully healthy liver should contain almost no fat at all, however in fatty liver disease patients (as the name suggests) fat starts to develop in the liver.
Early stages of this don’t lead to any notable issues, however the greater the quantity of fat that builds up the greater the issues can be. It increases the patient’s risk of heart disease, diabetes and strokes whilst, in some severe cases, can lead to cirrhosis.
Because it has to develop often it isn’t discovered until it has already started to cause damage to the body, furthermore the causes of the condition aren’t yet known - though the links to obesity and a poor lifestyle are known to be heavily contributing factors.
What is known however is that Singapore is in the perfect position to work towards creating treatments that are effective. The country has one of the world’s most impressive, advanced healthcare sectors and with plenty of funding and some of the planet’s best medics the future looks bright.
Singapore is a unique country, and the world’s only island city state has plenty to offer medical professionals looking to enhance their careers overseas. Salaries are high, and the highly competitive and modern healthcare sector can be an extremely stimulating working environment for ambitious medics to further their skills.
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