April to spread awareness on
liver-related diseases. It is the key player in the human digestive system.
a vital organ that is located in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, that
is below the diaphragm.
‘World Liver Day is observed on 19th April every year to spread awareness on liver-related diseases. Keep your liver healthy - say no to cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs.’
It weighs around 1.8 kg
in men and around 1.3 kg in women. The liver is capable of holding 13% of your
total blood supply and is capable of performing more than 500 functions.
Functions of the Liver
Some of the major
functions of the liver include:
- Fights infection
- Regulates blood
- Helps to remove
toxic substances from the body
- Controls the
- Helps in blood
- Releases bile
that helps to break down food and aids in digestion
can occur due to a variety of illnesses but are mainly linked to the use of
drugs or alcohol.
disease, iron overload, Hepatitis A, B, alcohol abuse, autoimmune
disorders like primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and
liver cancer are some of the liver-related diseases.
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the American Liver Foundation have stated that
around 31,000 people die in the U.S. every year from cirrhosis.
Around 3.5 million to
4.6 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis B
kills around 2000 people in the United States.
Risk Factors for
There are some risk
factors which are capable of causing liver disease. This includes:
- Excess alcohol
- Drug injections
- High triglyceride
levels in the blood
What Does Alcohol Do
to Your Liver?
Consuming too much
alcohol may make it a toxic substance to the liver. Around 90% of the people
who drink more than two ounces of alcohol per day are in their first stage of
an alcoholic liver disease.
It can further lead to
fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis
What is Non-Alcoholic
Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)?
liver disease refers to a range of liver conditions that affects people who
drink little or no alcohol. They mainly cause a build-up of fat in the liver.
It occurs in
the age group of 40 years and 50 years of age.
NAFLD is often diagnosed
by a liver function test that produces an abnormal result. Maintaining a
healthy lifestyle is the best way to manage NAFLD.
How to Keep Your Liver
- Say no to
alcohol, drugs and cigarettes
- Drink green tea
or lime juice to cleanse the liver
- Try to develop a
preference for grains like millet, buckwheat
cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower in the diet
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