Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in different populations: A clinical and epidemiological study – sample of São José do Rio Preto

Doença hepática gordurosa não alcoólica em diferentes populações: um estudo clínico e epidemiológico – Amostra de São José do Rio Preto

Gabriel Costa de Andrade Luciana Harumi Fujise Jaime Euclides de Santana Filho Fabiane Oliveira Rita de Cássia Martins Alves da Silva About the authors



NAFLD is an heterogeneous condition that includes steatosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), in the absence of significant alcohol consumption, reaching 30% of the population. The most common risk factors are: age, gender, ethnicity, diabetes mellitus (DM), obesity, predisposition, metabolic syndrome (MS), insulin resistance (IR), drugs, and polycystic ovary syndrome.


To describe the profile of patients with NAFLD seen at Hospital de Base of Rio Preto, in the state of São Paulo.


Patients with NAFLD were assessed, with medical and epidemiological data collected after informed consent.


Of the 62 patients evaluated, 76% were women, 73% Caucasians, and 71% were aged between 50 and 69 years and had no symptoms. Ultrasonography results showed steatosis in 84%. NASH was diagnosed in 61% of the sample. 21 patients underwent liver biopsy, of which 36% had cirrhosis, 1 had liver cancer, and 1 pure steatosis (5% each). Risk factors were found in 70% of patients with metabolic syndrome, 87% with increased waist circumference, 63% with dyslipidemia, 61% (n=38) with high blood pressure (HBP), 28% with DM, 52% physically inactive, and 44% with insulin resistance (IR) (HOMA> 3.5). There was an association between IR and NASH (p=0.013), IR and obesity (p=0.027), IR and MS (p=0.006), and MS and steatosis on medical ultrasound (USG) (p=0.014).


The most frequent risk factors were MS and its variables: increased waist circumference, dyslipidemia and HBP. This underscores the importance of metabolic control in NAFLD and confirms its role as the hepatic component of metabolic syndrome.

fatty liver; diabetes mellitus; obesity

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