NOT ALL LIVER DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE
That said, ‘fatty liver disease’, the epidemic currently facing the western world is, and prevention is better than a cure.
The choices you make today could end up damaging your liver. Your liver is essential to your health, so it is important to understand simple steps you can take to protect your liver in your day to day life.
Maintain a healthy diet to keep your liver in top condition. Poor nutrition, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are among the most common causes of liver disease.
Exercise can help boost your immune system and support a healthy liver and normal body weight. Being overweight can be a major cause of fatty liver disease, resulting in cirrhosis, liver failure or even liver cancer.
Keep vaccinations up to date
Ensure you are vaccinated, including Hepatitis A and B.
Smart body art
Tattoos and piercings are increasingly common in the modern world. If you are looking into having a tattoo or piercing, ensure that the parlour uses sterilized equipment and follows proper infection control protocols between clients.
Moderate your alcohol consumption
The liver is the body’s alcohol control station and can only process so much alcohol at one time. There are no hard and fast rules about how much you can drink, but safe drinking guidelines recommend limiting consumption to one or two drinks per day, and ensuring several alcohol-free days per week. Those who already have liver problems should avoid alcohol entirely.
We all know smoking has many negative effects on our general health, but it is also linked to liver cancer. If you have liver disease, smoking may increase the toxic effect of some medications on the liver.
Practice Safe Sex
Viral hepatitis can be transmitted sexually, so it’s important to know the risks involved in any sexual activity to protect you and your partner.
Avoid recreational drug use. Not only do these have other negative effects on our health system, but intravenous drug use is a common mode of transmission for Hepatitis B and C.