A Kindly Reminder Of Liver Protection

A Kindly Reminder Of Liver Protection

The liver, a hard-working organ. It works night and day, quietly and peacefully. It is so important, yet we rarely feel its presence.

Because the liver has no pain nerves inside it, it is difficult to communicate signals directly to the nerve centres. For normal injuries, the liver suffers silently with its great capacity to compensate and regenerate without causing trouble to its owner. Put another way, this means that mild liver damage and early liver tumours have no symptoms and are easily overlooked, and by the time they are really detected they are already cirrhosis or even liver cancer. 

Be aware of these risk factors that can harm your liver

Parasitic infections

The liver fluke is often found in freshwater fish, but can also be found in deep-sea fish such as salmon. Consumption of contaminated raw fish, for example, can lead to diseases of the liver and biliary system and even cancer of the liver and biliary system. Therefore, when consuming raw fish, it is important to pay attention to whether it has passed strict tests.  

Viral infections

Certain viruses are particularly fond of the liver and are called hepatophilic viruses, including hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis E virus (HEV). 

Metabolism-related diseases

Obesity can cause steatohepatitis, cirrhosis and even liver cancer. Diabetes not only causes metabolism-related fatty liver disease, but is also associated with the development of liver tumours. It is worth mentioning that diabetes is an important predisposing factor for bacterial infections of the liver.

Alcohol

Alcohol is not the same as alcohol, but drinking large amounts of alcohol over a long period of time will definitely result in the intake of large amounts of alcohol, which in the long run will definitely cause alcoholic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and even liver cancer.

Medications

Many medications have the potential to cause drug-related liver injury. Certain prescription drugs, such as anti-tuberculosis drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs and chemotherapy drugs, should be used with close observation of changes in liver function to detect drug-related liver injury early. Over-the-counter medications such as cold medications often contain acetaminophen, which should also be a concern if applied in larger doses. If you would like to intake this sort of medicine, you should go to the best liver specialist in Malaysia for consultation. 

Fatty liver is often accompanied by chronic diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes or gout, and improving dietary structure and physical activity are key measures. Focus on controlling the intake of fat and sugar. Eat less animal fat, fried foods and sweets. Increase the intake of high-quality protein, such as drinking more milk, eating more soya beans and fish. Increase the intake of dietary fibre and eat more vegetables. To avoid irregular eating, eat a full breakfast, a good Chinese meal and a small dinner. Change bad habits such as late night snacking, fast food and snacking. It is suggested to eliminate alcohol consumption, as alcohol is the sole cause of alcoholic liver disease and is also a major trigger for the onset of other chronic liver diseases.

Kevin Larson

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