INTRODUCING THE KILLING FAT CLUB!
Around 10% of Australians have fatty liver disease, which is caused by fat accumulating in the liver and our QMSC Team is all over it!
Fatty liver can result in liver damage especially if the fat build up starts to cause inflammation or fibrosis (the formation of scar tissue in the liver). It doesn’t cause any symptoms to start, so you may not even know you have it. The first sign can be slightly abnormal liver function results on a blood test.
What we are up to:
1. Our chronic disease management team has been brainstorming the best ways to help our patients manage fatty liver and the conditions that are associated with it, so that it doesn’t lead to inflammation or liver damage.
2. We have designed new management plans to help your doctor and nurse work together with you to come up with the best plan for you.
3. Last week a leading Perth liver specialist attended our monthly clinical educational meeting to discuss the latest findings on fatty liver. So we are ready and armed with the latest evidence based medicine and tools to help us, help you!
4. We also believe in setting a good example and as such a group of QMSC receptionists, nurses, managers and doctors have committed to getting healthier in 2019. They are affectionately called KFC – Killing Fat Club!! They are eating more healthy food, walking together, checking in for a quick weekly health review with one of our chronic disease management nurses, encouraging one another to sip and crunch instead of snack on crisps and biscuits and most importantly just sharing the journey to get healthier in 2019 and beyond.
The above photo captures some of our team looking RED as we supported ‘National Wear Red Day’’, raising awareness for heart disease.
Watch for our posts over the next 2 weeks as we share more information on fatty liver and answer questions like:
o Are you at risk for fatty liver?
o Should you get tested?
o What am I at risk of if I have fatty liver?
o If you have fatty liver already what is your NAFLD Fibrosis score and do you need further testing?
o How do you get rid of fatty liver?