In contrast to other major diseases, deaths from liver disease are increasing in England. Between 2001 and 2012 the number of people who died with an underlying cause of liver disease in England rose from 7,841 to 10,948. This represents a 40% increase in deaths related to liver disease during this period. Whilst approximately 5% of liver disease is attributable to autoimmune disorders (diseases characterised by abnormal functioning of the immune system), most liver disease is largely preventable and due to three main risk factors: alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis.
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