Tonight I’m attending the ALF Honors Gala in my capacity as a Board Member and the chair of the Associate Board for the Greater New York Division. The Gala is an annual fundraiser that honors influential professionals, physicians, and business leaders in our community.
It also just happens to be Giving Tuesday! Here are some ways you can show your support:
Bid on one of our GNY Honors Gala auction items. With over 70 items to choose from, there is something for everyone! Click here to view all items.
Tony is a NASH transplant survivor and the founder of the NASH Education Corporation, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit focusing on increasing awareness and providing educational materials for NASH. I’ve been wanting to write about patients living with NASH for quite some time and Tony was generous enough to agree to an interview for a profile piece, the first ever on NASH AWARE.
A new study from New York Presbyterian Hospital has some eyebrow-raising findings. We already know that drinking coffee is good for the liver, but you would expect to find less evidence of a positive relationship with alcohol. Yes, there have been plenty of studies that show a glass of wine can be good for you, but never one that highlighted an actual positive link.
My mother passed away suddenly four years ago this month after a short battle with late-stage NASH. Which is impossible, but somehow true. Just a few days before being diagnosed with NASH she was celebrating with my wife and I at a housewarming party at the Shore. A picture of her from that party occupies a prominent place on our fridge; the last picture of her before our lives were all changed forever.
Earlier this year I wrote about the sobering fact that up to 10% of children in the USA are estimated to be living with NAFLD, with nearly a quarter of them having progressed to NASH. It’s bad enough that millions of children are having to face this disease so early in life but the evidence is actually getting worse for pre-teen children, as research has shown that fatty liver disease progression through NASH to fibrosis and eventual liver failure is significantly accelerated versus the teen or adult population.
Let’s get something out of the way up front. Dealing with weight issues is an incredibly emotional and sensitive subject, and as a society we should not focus on shaming, shunning, or victimizing the nearly half of the country that is overweight or obese. By creating a societal image of beauty and attractiveness that ostracizes over a hundred million people in the USA alone, we have done ourselves a terrible disservice.
Today I had the pleasure of meeting a fantastic group of medical professionals that are all working hard on solving the NASH pandemic as part of International NASH Day’s worldwide efforts to fight the disease. I’ll be blogging much more about what I learned and hopefully will be able to follow up with some interesting pieces from some of the great people I met today.