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Insulin sensitizers for the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Zeynel Abidin Ozturk, Abdurrahman Kadayifci
Zeynel Abidin Ozturk, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Gaziantep, 27000 Gaziantep, Turkey
Abdurrahman Kadayifci, Division of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Gaziantep, 27000 Gaziantep, Turkey
Abdurrahman Kadayifci, Division of Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, United States
Author contributions: Ozturk ZA and Kadayifci A both contributed to this paper.
Correspondence to: Dr. Abdurrahman Kadayifci, MD, 3-H GI Associates, Zero Emerson Place, Blossom St. Massachusetts General Hospital, 100 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114, United States. email@example.com
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Received: October 28, 2013 Revised: February 27, 2014 Accepted: March 11, 2014 Published online: April 27, 2014
Core tip: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasing significantly due to the obesity epidemic. Insulin resistance, mainly caused by obesity, plays a primary role in NAFLD pathogenesis. Medications that improve insulin sensitivity are theorized to be useful in the treatment of NAFLD. Therefore, recent studies have explored the role of insulin sensitizers to improve biochemical and histological features of NAFLD.