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EARLY SIGNS OF LIVER DISEASE

Earliest symptoms of liver disorder are fatigue, body aches, itchy skin, weakness, nausea and jaundice.Liver diseases affect everybody, across all ages, genders and races with fatal consequences. The essential problem with liver disorders is that the symptoms are so minor and ignorable that people generally brush it aside as a minor affliction. The liver is called a non-complaining organ because its cells do not have nerves. This is why you can have serious liver damage without knowing it. However, by the time it has reached a critical, noticeable stage, it has become already fatal. Early warning symptoms must not be ignored as liver is an important organ of your body.

A healthy diet of liver friendly foods, daily exercise, lots of fresh air and water keeps liver healthy. Avoiding fatty, spicy foods, indiscriminate use of over the counter drugs and alcohol are detrimental to liver.
A healthy liver means a healthy You!

KNOW YOUR LIVER

In order to keep liver healthy, it is important to know more about the organ. The liver is the largest organ inside the human body. Weighing around three pounds, it is located in the upper right part of the abdomen.The function of liver is to store important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and iron. It also plays a role in managing levels of certain substances in the body, such as cholesterol, hormones and sugars, which are necessary for survival and are potentially harmful when out of balance.

Liver disorders that afflict are Hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). In response to the infection, the body's immune system targets the liver, causing inflammation (hepatitis). Over time, more and more normal liver tissue can be replaced by hardened scar tissue, which can obstruct the normal flow of blood through the liver and seriously affect its structure and ability to function properly. This is called cirrhosis. Significant liver damage can also reduce the production of bile needed for proper digestion, and it can decrease the liver's ability to store and process nutrients needed for survival. Other effects of a damaged liver include the inability to remove toxins from the bloodstream, which can eventually lead to mental confusion and even coma (hepatic encephalopathy).

Severely damaged liver can no longer function and the patient needs a liver transplant. However, unlike other organs, the most remarkable feature of the liver is its power to regenerate. As much as three-quarters of the liver can be lost, and it can still grow new tissue and expand to its original size within several weeks. This means that people who need transplants may receive part of the liver from a living donor.

TIPS FOR A HEALTHY LIVER

Liver is a simple, low-maintenance organ. If you follow these points, it may just continue without any issues:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight: If you're obese or even somewhat overweight, you're in danger of having a fatty liver. Weight loss can play an important part in helping to reduce liver fat.
  2. Eat a balanced diet:
    • Avoid high calorie-meals, saturated fat, red meat refined carbohydrates (such as white bread and white rice) and sugars.
    • Eat fiber, white meat, dairy and fats (in coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, seeds and fish.)
    • Hydration is essential, so drink a lot of water.
  3. Exercise regularly: Exercising consistently helps to burn triglycerides for fuel and can also reduce liver fat.
  4. Avoid toxins: Limit direct contact with toxins from cigarettes, cleaning and aerosol products, insecticides, chemicals, and additives.
  5. Use alcohol responsibly: Alcoholic beverages can create many health problems, as they can damage or destroy liver cells and scar your liver.
  6. Avoid the use of illicit drugs: Illicit drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics (pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives) used non-medically can severely harm the liver.
  7. Avoid contaminated needles: Dirty needles, in hospital settling as well as in piercing and tattoo shops, can infect liver. If you suspect getting in contact with infected needles, please contact KIMS hospitals for further evaluation.
  8. Avoid contact with infected blood: If for any reason you come into contact with someone else's blood, immediately follow up with your doctor.
  9. Don't share personal hygiene items: For example, razors, toothbrushes and nail clippers can carry microscopic levels of blood or other body fluids that may be contaminated.
  10. Practice safe sex: Unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners increases your risk of hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
  11. Wash your hands: Use soap and warm water immediately after using the bathroom, when you change a diaper, and before preparing or eating food.
  12. Follow directions on all medications: When medicines are taken incorrectly by taking too much, the wrong type or by mixing medicines, your liver can be harmed.
  13. Get vaccinated: There are vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Unfortunately, there's no vaccine against the hepatitis C virus.

LIVER FAILURE & TREATMENT

KIMS Hospitals is at the forefront of managing liver related diseases. It has performed complex liver transplantation successfully. We offer hope to all our patients. We offer expertise in treating adult patients with liver failure requiring liver transplantation. We also provide comprehensive multi-disciplinary team management of other complex hepatobiliary disorders, such as liver tumors, Hepatitis C, biliary strictures, and portal hypertension.

The team consists of a designated group of surgeons, hepatologists, nurses, and nutritionists. A dedicated in-patient unit provides standardized pre- and post-transplant care.

For any further questions or queries, please visit
www.kimshospitals.com/Specialties/Liver-Diseases-Clinic/

With KIMS being there always for all their patients, live life and show your liver some love.
For it’s a jolly good liver.



Disclaimer

The information shared is purely educational in nature. Please consult your doctor before taking any decision based on the content given above.

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