Your Liver commands respect
“Every chemical that makes it into your bloodstream – be it through your lungs, stomach, or skin – meets up with your liver at some point. Since your liver is your body’s best defence when it comes to filtering out all those toxins, you need to treat it well” Suzanne Somers
World Hepatitis Day is celebrated annually on the 28th of July
This year the theme for World Hepatitis Day is ‘HEPATITIS CAN’T WAIT’.
It’s said that a person is dying every 30 seconds from a hepatitis-related illness.
- People living with viral hepatitis unaware can’t wait for testing
- People living with hepatitis can’t wait for life-saving treatments
- Expectant mothers can’t wait for hepatitis screening and treatment
- Newborn babies can’t wait for birth dose vaccination
- People affected by hepatitis can’t wait to end stigma and discrimination
- Community organisations can’t wait for greater investment
- Decision-makers can’t wait and must act now to make hepatitis elimination a reality through political will and funding.
Source– World Hepatitis Day.org
What is hepatitis?
Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver caused by viruses.
The viruses that cause the inflammation are named after letters, A, B, C, D, and E.
Hepatitis B and C can cause liver cancer.
The majority of people are unaware that they are infected with the virus.
Hepatitis A & E are caused due to eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.
Hepatitis B is caused by contact with the blood or body fluids of another infected person.
Hepatitis C and D are caused due to blood to blood contact.
Have you ever visited a patient suffering from liver damage?
I bet you start giving importance to your lifestyle!
And you are sure to take precautions to protect your liver.
How to protect the liver? ( General precaution)
- 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.
- 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).
Specific preventive measures for Hepatitis
Vaccines are available for Hepatitis A and B.
For Hepatitis C, D and E…there is no vaccination available.
So one must be careful and follow the measures to protect the liver as mentioned above.
Take home message
Love your liver and live longer.
Disclaimer-The above post is not meant for any medical advice. It is intended for information purposes only. It’s not a substitute for Professional Medical advice. Consult your physician for medical advice.