Rural Health, Inc. (RHI) is now accepting patients into its newly launched Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)/Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) program. With the program, RHI offers a multidisciplinary approach to disease detection and treatment consisting of Fibroscan screenings, weight loss management, dietician referrals, lifestyle modification, and liver protection management. The NAFLD/NASH program is provided at all five RHI clinics with Fibroscan screenings provided at the Anna clinic only for the time being. Program screening and treatment options are covered by most insurance carriers.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the term for conditions in which fat builds up on the liver in individuals who drink little or no alcohol. Of those who have this condition, most have fat in their liver that doesn’t cause damage, and then some have a more serious type called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH): a buildup of liver fat that leads to inflammation and damage. Over time, this can cause scarring of the liver, which can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. Most people with NAFLD/NASH may have no symptoms whatsoever. However, experts have identified certain risk factors for NAFLD/NASH including:
• High cholesterol
• High triglycerides
• High blood pressure
• Type 2 diabetes
Those interested in the program can learn more by calling RHI’s main office at 618-833-4471.