IMPACT OF LIVER DISEASE
How Prevelant is Chronic Liver Disease?
According to the American Liver Foundation, in the United States, liver disease is estimated to affect 30 million people, or 1 in 10. Despite the potentially devastating effects of liver-related diseases, most people know little or nothing about them. Research shows that a majority of the population feels that liver disease is primarily caused by alcohol abuse. In actuality, there are more than 100 different liver diseases that can be traced to a variety of causes related to family history, reactions to drugs and chemicals, social behavior and hygiene.
We estimate more than 500,000 new patients are diagnosed each year, as a result of rising obesity rates and alcohol consumption. It is believed there are 500 million worldwide who suffer from Chronic Liver Disease.
What is the Economic and Societal Impact
The NIH estimated in 2004 that the annual costs in the US associated with chronic liver disease and cirrhosis to be $1.6 billion based upon an estimate for the population of patients with liver disease of 5.5 million. Recent estimates of the number of patients with liver disease in the US range from 15 to 30 million. If the 2004 cost estimates are applied to the current patient estimates, annual US costs related to liver disease may range from $5 to $10 billion.