Liver disease-related mortality rates varied significantly by geographic region in the Untied States with some of the highest rates in the South and the West, in areas with higher Hispanic populations, and areas of lower household income, according to a recently published study.
“We sought to determine whether there was geographic variability in liver disease-related mortality rates at the state level in the United States,” Archita P. Desai, MD,from the University of Arizona, and colleagues wrote. “Differences in death rates among various demographic sub-populations may be due to differences in genetic predisposition or due to social factors such as socioeconomic status, access to medical care, and the prevalence of specific risk factors in a particular.
Age-adjusted liver disease-related mortality ranged from 6.4 per 100,000 to 17 per 100,000 across the U.S. The lowest rates were in the northeast, including New Hampshire (6.4 per 100,000) and New York (6.6 per 100,000). In contrast, the highest rates were in the west and central southwest, including Arizona (12.7 per 100,000) and New Mexico (17 per 100,000).