While our Love Your Liver campaign is ending, loving your liver never ends.
The primary liver cancer prevention tips we’ve shared during the Love Your Liver Campaign are:
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On average, three people pass away everyday waiting for a liver transplant in the U.S. The number of people who need liver transplants exceeds the number of livers available. The good news is, there are ways you can help! You can register to become a liver donor. You can be a live donor and donate a portion of your healthy liver. Another option is to register to donate your liver when you pass.
You can take control of your health just by losing 10% of your weight. Try the “ten percent solution” to prevent liver disease, and to help heal your liver. Before making drastic changes to your lifestyle, ask your doctor if losing 10% of your body weight will be good for you.
Alcohol is a toxin, and your liver’s job is to flush out toxins to protect your body. In fact, your liver processes 90 percent of the alcohol you consume. your liver can only process a certain amount of alcohol at a time. When you drink too much, the alcohol left unprocessed by your liver circulates through your bloodstream. The alcohol in the blood starts affecting the heart and brain, which is how you become intoxicated.
Coffee! The magic bean is a terrific way to love your liver! Not only may it help reduce the risk of liver disease by as much as 70 percent, it may also help protect against alcohol-related cirrhosis, non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease, and hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. While there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, There is a treatment that can achieve up to a 95% cure rate.The Centers for Disease Control recommends that ALL adults over 18 have a one-time screening for hepatitis C.
The hepatitis B vaccine is usually given as 2, 3, or 4 shots and it can prevent hepatitis B. Infants should get their first dose of hepatitis B vaccine at birth and will usually complete the series at six months of age. Adolescents younger than 19 years of age who have not yet gotten the vaccine and unvaccinated adults should also be vaccinated.
Liver function tests determine your liver’s health by measuring the levels of proteins and liver enzymes in your blood. Depending on the test, either higher- or lower-than-normal levels of these enzymes or proteins can indicate a problem with your liver. A liver function test may be recommended if you’re experiencing symptoms of liver disease, liver cancer, or if you have certain medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or anemia.
Comorbidity means more than one disease or condition is present in the same person at the same time. Having a comorbidity may put you at higher risk for liver disease and liver cancer.