Chronic Liver Disease Data/StatisticsIn the United States, chronic liver disease is a leading cause of death. While the cause is not always known, some cases can be initiated by conditions such as chronic alcoholism, obesity, and exposure to Hepatitis B and C viruses. Over the past few decades, the death rate for chronic liver disease has decreased, partly due to the availability of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B immunizations for children and adults. However, there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, and disparities continue to exist among minority populations.
- African American men are 70% more likely to have chronic liver disease than non-Hispanic White men.
- Asian Americans are 2.1 times more likely to die from chronic liver disease, as compared to non-Hispanic Whites.
- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders are seven times more likely to be diagnosed with chronic liver disease, as compared to non-Hispanic Whites.
- Both Hispanic men and women have a chronic liver disease rate that is twice that of the White population.
- Hispanic men and women are almost twice as likely to die from chronic liver disease, as compared to the non-Hispanic White population.
- In 2009, chronic liver disease was the fifth leading cause of death for all American Indian/Alaska Native men, and the second leading cause of death for men, ages 35-44.
- The overall death rate for American Indian/Alaska Natives is 2.6 times higher than for the White population, in 2009.
Last Modified: 08/24/2012 09:53:00 AM