This topic is for non-medical people.
Do you know?
Many of you may not be aware that World Liver Day is celebrated on April 19.
The idea is to spread awareness about liver-related conditions and diseases.
You may also be not aware of the fact that, after the brain, the liver is the second most complex organ in the body responsible for digestion, metabolism, immunity and acts as a storage place for many of the nutrients, which are replenished from the liver when the body is deprived of the essentials.
And it’s your responsibility to keep your liver in good shape and thus preventing liver diseases.
I am not going into the details but I can cover the topic briefly.
The common type of Liver Diseases include
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver
- Hepatitis A, B & C (July 28 celebrated as world hepatitis day)
- Alcoholic Liver disease
- I am not talking about liver cancer etc.
Viruses, genetic or lifestyle factors cause liver damage and later liver failure.
Lifestyle factors include
- Excessive intake of alcohol
- Obesity, smoking
- Unhealthy food habits
- Lack of regular exercise
- Lack of hygiene and
- Not practising safe sex
- Sharing personal care items
and I can go on.
The peculiarity of the liver disease
I want to impress you to the fact that you are never aware of the damage to your liver since there is no immediate signs or symptoms of liver damage because the liver strives its best till its last breath to take care of your body metabolism and by the time the symptoms start your liver is severely damaged.
One may experience early symptoms like, loss of weight, nausea which most of you ignore and only when your eyes or urine becomes yellow and your body starts itching all over, then you start seeing your physician.
How to protect your liver?
- Maintain a healthy diet. You may ask what is a healthy diet? My friend, you can check with your dietician or internet’.The idea is to have a balanced diet.
- During a blood transfusion, ensure a safe process and prevent getting infected with Hepatitis B or C viruses
- Hepatitis B & C can also be transmitted sexually. Safe sex is advised.
- Don’t share toothbrushes, razors, needles or other personal care items
- If you are planning tattooing or piercing get vaccinated for hepatitis B & C
- Regarding Hepatitis A infection, people get it by having close contact with a person who is infected from food or drinks, prepared by someone infected. It can also come by eating food, harvested from sewage-contaminated water.
- Avoid toxins. Toxins I mean insecticides, chemicals and aerosol products. Wear a mask and limit direct contact with these chemicals by wearing gloves.
- The majority of us love Alcohol and enjoy consuming the same. And in many places, it forms part of the culture and tradition. My advice is to stay away from alcohol. If you can’t, then consume alcohol responsibly.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid substances like cocaine, marijuana, hashish, heroin, inhalations, psychotherapeutic ( When used non medically).
Wishing you all a ‘Happy Liver Day’
Don’t take certain quotes seriously
“When we drink we get drunk. When we get drunk we fall asleep. When we fall asleep we commit no sin. When we commit no sin we go to heaven. Sooooo, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!” Brian O’Rourke
Take home message
Love your liver and live longer.
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