World Liver Day 2018: Everything you need to know about liver health | Health

According to the WHO, liver disease is the 10th most common cause of death in India. That should be motivation enough for you to want to keep your liver in top condition. It’s the largest organ in your body and it’s like a factory that processes all the food we eat.

“It processes all the glucose, fats, etc. from the intestine, so it is a very important part of the body that helps digest food,” says Dr. Nilesh Doctor, Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Bhatia Hospital Mumbai.

On World Liver Day, he shares everything you need to know about liver health:

* Lifestyle diseases like obesity and diabetes have a profound impact on the liver. This can lead to fatty lever disease. This can cause liver dysfunction and cirrhosis of the liver. If you suffer from diabetes or high cholesterol, it is crucial that you control them. Tight control of diabetes is important to reduce the risk of liver damage from high sugar content.

* Make sure you don’t eat a lot of fried food or fast food. Your diet should be essentially one that ensures you don’t become obese or diabetic.

* Alcohol is a substance that can be toxic to the liver if consumed in large quantities. The upper limit would be to drink 7-8 large pegs per week. Beyond that, it can become dangerous. Over a period of 10 to 20 years, it can damage the liver. When consumed in moderation, alcohol is not a problem.


* The incidence of liver cancer is high among smokers. Substances in cigarettes are carcinogenic (potentially carcinogenic). Passive smokers are also at risk.

*Some of the nonspecific symptoms of liver disease include nausea, loss of appetite, and weight loss. The most common sigh of liver damage is jaundice, although sometimes you may also show signs of liver damage without jaundice. If you have jaundice, you should immediately find the cause.

* Regular liver function testing is advised. Have a semi-annual or annual blood test to see if there is any damage to your liver.

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    Manali is a senior writer based in Mumbai. She writes about indie music, culture and trends for HT48Hours.
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