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Morbidity higher in obese liver transplant recipients with diabetes
Date:1/23/2014

ronary artery disease were conducted.

Participants undergoing liver transplant had a mean age of 51 years and 67% were male with most common reason for being hepatitis C cirrhosis. The BMI was available for 192 patients4% were underweight, 27% normal weight, 26% overweight, 28% obese, 9% severely obese and 6% morbidly obese. Researchers determined that BMI and measured body fat were similar in 86% of the study group.

Further analyses indicate that obesity was an independent risk factor for diabetes and post-transplant complications. Diabetes in conjunction with obesity was the strongest predictor of complications following transplant and longer hospital stays. Metabolic risk factors did not affect 30-day, 1-year or 5-year survival for liver transplant recipients.

"Our study confirms that BMI is an appropriate measure of body fat and obesity alone should not prevent patients from receiving liver transplants," concludes Dr. Bartlett. "Identifying modifiable risk factors during the pre-transplant assessment allows for earlier interventions including weight control, diabetes management, and coronary interventions such as stenting, all which may improve long-term outcomes following liver transplantation."


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