A NEW fatty liver disease clinic is due to open after growing concerns over obesity in the area.
As reported in The News, 20 per cent of children in Portsmouth are classed as obese by the time they leave primary school at the age of 10 or 11.
And more and more adults in the city are now classed as obese.
Dr Jo Dowman is setting up the clinic at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
She said: ‘Fatty liver disease is certainly increasing massively due to the rising levels of obesity and diabetes and it’s really going to pose an enormous burden on the NHS and on the health of our population in the future if we don’t do something to address it.
‘Weight loss is really important for people who are overweight. Even small amounts of weight loss can significantly reduce the amount of fat in their liver.
‘Often patients need medications to control the other problems which are diabetes and high blood pressure.
‘All these different problems need addressing. It’s believed a so-called multi-disciplinary approach is believed to be the most effective way of treating people with this problem.
‘As such I plan to establish a multi-disciplinary fatty liver disease clinic at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where patients will be able to benefit not only from seeing a hepatologist or liver specialist but also a diabetes specialist, a dietician and a health trainer so that we can address all the different problems.’