International NASH day

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Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver William James

It’s 3.9 minute read.But still I feel it is important to read.Have patience.

This day is celebrated on 12 th June to bring awareness about NAFLD (Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease ) and NASH (Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis )

What exactly happens in NASH?

When excess fat accumulates in the liver resulting in inflammation and injury to liver cells.

People are unaware that their liver is getting damaged. A simple Ultrasound study can help, but people are lazy to go to the scan center.

All of us think liver is damaged only if one indulges in reckless consumption of alcohol

Not necessarily, my friend.

As you notice the above two abbreviations ( NASH, NAFLD ), both convey the meaning that the liver can be damaged even without the consumption of alcohol.

Are you not surprised?

I know those of you who don’t belong to the medical profession are surprised.

Liver damage can happen without Alcohol. There are many reasons for liver cell damage.

The commonest cause of Nonalcoholic liver damage

It’s your lifestyle that is causing the problem which is categorized under “Lifestyle diseases”.

Can this be explained further?

You all know already of the modern lifestyle

But I still explain.

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sedentary lifestyle+high liquor cocktail
  • Regular consumption of Junk foods ( don’t ask me what junk food is )
  • Obesity

What is the medical term used to describe the lifestyle ‘liver disease’?

It’s known by the name Fatty Liver Disease.

You will be surprised to know that if 10 ultrasound scans are done 9 out of 10 would have mentioned the term ‘Fatty Liver’ in the report. Of course, there are grades in fatty liver.

Why fatty liver disease is dangerous ?

It’s a silent epidemic.

The disease can remain asymptomatic for decades and then give you a debilitating blow!

And it’s too late by that time.

What can happen if fatty liver is ignored?

Fatty liver→ Liver Cirrhosis→ liver cancer→ Liver transplant→ poor quality of rest of the life

What I want you to do?

It’s not a Herculean task

  • If you are overweight or obese, try to reduce weight by a combination of a healthy diet along with exercise.
  • Don’t give excuses for hitting the gym, that you don’t have time, the alarm didn’t ring, you slept late, or you are tired, etc.
  • If you have diabetes, hypertension or high lipids take treatment accordingly under supervision.
  • Be kind to your liver by avoiding alcohol at any cost, and don’t blame culture for alcohol intake.

Any alternate medicines for a damaged liver?

My dear friend, unfortunately, there is no alternative medicines. The only treatment is a liver transplant for a failed liver.

Just check the the following quote and the worth of leading a dangerous life based on our ‘Life Style’

I had a liver transplant, then I had a pacemaker put in, then I had a new knee put it, then I had a heart valve put in. I’m almost brand new. I have a lot of new parts. Jim Nabors

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏
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