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April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about health disparities that affect people from racial and ethnic minority groups. Liver disease is growing in prevalence in the Hispanic population. It is also a leading cause of death in the U.S. Through education, we can lower the risk. Through participation, we can expand treatment options. These are some of the reasons minority participation in liver research matters.

Why Minorities Should Participate in Research

Diversity is vital in research because understanding how a condition affects different populations helps design safe, more effective treatments. Diversity is not just race and ethnicity but also gender, age, etc. Participants in clinical trials should represent the patient populations that will use the medical products. The reason is that people of different ages, races, and ethnicities may react differently to medical treatments.

Hispanics and Liver Disease

Hispanic middle aged couple preparing a meal

The most prevalent liver diseases in Hispanics are non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), chronic hepatitis C, alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. The risk factors for these conditions include:

  • Obesity
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Poor diet
  • Metabolic syndrome

7 symptoms of liver problems

When you look at the prevalence of these risk factors in Hispanics in the U.S., the results are:

  • 43% of Hispanics are considered obese
  • 35% of Hispanics have metabolic syndrome
  • Hispanic diets are traditionally high in carbohydrates and added sugars

In addition, many Hispanics in the U.S. possess a gene variation, PNPLA3, which has an association with a heightened risk for NAFLD and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Liver Health is in Our Name!

Implementing the best education practices toward healthy lifestyle changes will help address the risks associated with cultural aspects. However, we need to do more work regarding the genetic predisposition and expanding treatments for individuals already living with liver disease. Why not trust the experts with “liver health” in their name when it comes to liver disease? For NMHM, consider giving back through research.

1 in 4 adults are living with liver disease

Arizona Liver Health offers FREE fibroscans to adults at risk of liver disease and a chance to help advance care options for liver diseases through our studies. Get involved today! Contact us at (480) 470-4000 to learn more about your liver and options for treatment of liver disease, or visit our website.

Sources:

https://txliver.com/media/hispanics-and-liver-disease/

https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=62#:~:text=Both%20Hispanic%20men%20and%20women,their%20non%2DHispanic%20white%20counterparts.

https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/AZ


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September 15, 2020 Clinical ResearchCOVID-190

By now, most people have a backup mask in their vehicle, pocket, or purse, and sanitizer readily available. Staying six feet away has become 2nd nature, and asking, “Who’s going?” has taken on a whole new meaning. Many see their loved ones less, and some haven’t seen them since this all started. Thus, is life in the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has filtered into almost every aspect of our lives, with 6,503,030 total cases in the United States alone. The impact of COVID-19 reaches deep, and its changes continue to shape daily routines and life as we know it.

The Trail of Change

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Though some have fared better than others, no nation has escaped the power of COVID-19. We have been forced to rethink and improvise so life can continue. Technology has become a massive part of staying connected, education, and business in a contactless era.

Today, daily life looks much different than how we started the year. If your household has children, most educational institutions offer the choice of in-person (with CDC safeguards) or remote learning from home. Employers who have the resources either alternate staff during the week or have gone to work from home. Some bars sell food in a loophole effort to keep their doors open. Limited seating is available in restaurants. Many have begun to offer delivery or curbside service that previously wasn’t an option.

People are generally home more since events and gatherings over a certain amount are not allowed. We have tossed out the “5-second rule”, hugs, shaking hands, and any other non-immediate family direct contact. Smiles are hidden behind masks, non-emergency medical procedures are put off, and every sneeze is suspicious. Despite the numerous changes to our daily lives due to COVID-19, our continuance to move forward and make progress is a testament to our ability to adapt to change.

Volunteers and Research

Whether it’s helping at a food bank or making masks for those in need, lots of people are joining the effort to help others through volunteering. As researchers race to produce effective therapies and vaccines for COVID-19, volunteers continue to step up and join the fight to end it. Clinical research studies and the volunteers that participate in them help advance ways to detect, treat, and prevent different medical conditions like COVID-19.

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Without the efforts of study participants, these advancements would not be possible. To learn more about participating in research studies or view currently enrolling options here at Arizona Liver Health, call us at (480) 470-4000, or visit us here.



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