Revista Espanola de Enfermedades Digestivas 2021; 114: 5 - 9

Can NAFLD overwhelm the Spanish healthcare system in the years to come?

Crespo J, Iruzubieta P, Lazarus JV
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading driver of chronic liver disease globally and is likely to become the main cause of end-stage liver disease and liver transplantation in the next decades. In a 2021 global study of the preparedness of 102 countries to address NAFLD, Spain scored ninth overall and seventh in Europe. Although, no country scored over 50/100. Other countries in Europe, including neighboring ones such as Italy, France and Portugal scored 7.77, 6.21 and 0.5, respectively, in their readiness to address NAFLD. Although, Spain is better prepared to battle this pandemic, there is still much work to be done to be able to tackle this highly prevalent, costly and often mortal condition by further identifying NAFLD preparedness gaps and addressing those already known.