Check the Major Risk Factors for Liver Diseases

Check the Major Risk Factors for Liver Diseases

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The liver is the largest internal organ of the body and is responsible for flushing out toxins and purifying blood. Any damage to the liver can lead to serious complications, and it is always wise to watch out for the risk factors that may cause some of the common/severe liver diseases. In many cases, diagnosis is not possible at an early stage, because the symptoms are vague and don’t really point towards liver disease. In this post, we will talk about risk factors that may damage the organ in one way of the other.

  • Alcohol abuse. Most people know that use of alcohol, certain drugs and steroids can cause liver damage. Alcohol, over years of consumption, can lead to a fatty liver, which can eventually lead to organ failure and cirrhosis. If you consume alcohol regularly and have issues like tenderness and swelling in the abdomen, you should consider visiting Memorial Hermann North Houston Endoscopy and Surgery.
  • If you are overweight, it may lead to fat buildup in the organ. This can cause a condition known as NAFLD, or “non-alcoholic fatty liver disease”. If not treated in time or left checked, it can lead to liver cirrhosis, which will eventually cause organ failure. Keep your weight and BMI in check at all times.
  • If someone close in your family has a history of liver disease, such as a parent or sibling, you might have susceptible to certain conditions. Genetics does play a role in liver damage, and conditions like Wilson disease are attributed to the genes. Among the inherited liver diseases are “Alagille syndrome” and tyrosinemia.
  • Use of specific medicines. Liver processes all the medicines that you take for different conditions and needs, including your multivitamins and supplements. Some of medications, especially those used for anti-inflammatory treatments, are known to cause liver damage. A few medications have been associated with liver failure.

  • Unprotected Sex. A lot of people are aware that liver viral diseases, including hepatitis B, is transmitted through unprotected sex. Both hepatitis B are hepatitis C can be dangerous are known to be extremely infectious. Make sure you don’t have sex with anyone, who might any of these viral infections or has suffered from either hepatitis B or hepatitis C in recent past. Both conditions spread through blood and other body fluids.
  • Certain areas are more prone to viral diseases of the liver, such as hepatitis B. if you are traveling to countries with poor health conditions, be careful of the food you eat and the water you drink.

It is always advisable to buy packaged mineral water when you are traveling to an unknown destination.

Arthur Bessie

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