8 Things You Need to Know About Liver Diseases

According to WHO, liver disease is the 10th most common cause of death in India. Elderly are more prone to it because of low immunity and being susceptible to infections that younger adults. Here are a few things you need to know about liver disease.

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1Causes

Sometimes, liver disease is caused by a lot of things that we take casually. Tattoos, sharing infected needles, having unprotected sex and diabetes can also cause liver disease.

2Symptoms

Sometimes, symptoms don’t show up for months together. There is no pain either until extensive damage has been done.

3Regeneration

Liver is the only organ that can grow itself back. If the damage is found on time and removed, the entire liver can grow itself back soon enough.

4Alcohol and liver disease

Alcoholic liver disease is caused by drinking excessive alcohol and creates fatty build up in the liver. It is actually fatal and one of the biggest causes of deaths related to liver disease.

5Liver disease deaths

According to WHO, there were a total of 259,749 deaths in India in 2017 that were caused by liver disease.

6Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C will not show up on a routine test but is easy to diagnose through a simple blood test. Also, Hepatitis C leads to cirrhosis in almost 35% of patients over 40 years of age, but the percentage reaches to 85% in alcoholic patients with Hepatitis C.

7Food

Yes, what you eat can also cause fatty liver and cirrhosis in itself. Junk food, trans fats and excess sugary foods combined by a sedentary lifestyle can cause liver disease.

8Prevention

Believe it or not, it is possible to prevent liver disease. Having alcohol in moderation, having protected sex and using caution when using needles to avoid contracting Hepatitis, eating right and exercising can give you a healthy liver no matter what your age is.

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