Your liver works hard to protect your health. It’s a rugged, strong organ. But certain things—like alcohol, drugs, viruses, and excess weight—can damage it. You may not even realize when your liver is struggling, because liver disease usually has no symptoms until the problem becomes severe. Help your liver to guard your health by avoiding the things that might cause it harm.
The liver is the largest organ inside your body. It’s about the size of a football, and rests just under your ribs against the right side of your stomach.
“The liver performs an amazing set of functions that keep you healthy,” says Dr. Jake Liang, a liver specialist and researcher at NIH.
Your liver helps fight infections. It cleans your blood by getting rid of your body’s natural waste products and other harmful substances, including alcohol and drugs. “The liver also transforms the foods you eat into energy and nutrients your body can use, and it regulates how nutrients flow to different parts of the body when needed,” Liang says.
Your liver can keep working even if part of it is damaged or removed. But if it starts to shut down completely—a condition known as liver failure—you can survive for only a day or 2 unless you get emergency treatment.
Many things can affect liver function. Some liver problems are inherited from your parents, some are caused by viruses (certain kinds of hepatitis), and some are related to your behavior. Certain liver diseases may go away without treatment. Others can last a lifetime and cause serious illness.
Although liver disease often has no symptoms, warning signs can include a swollen abdomen, nausea, itching, or jaundice (having a yellow tint to the skin and the whites of the eyes). There is, however, an increasingly common type of liver disorder—known as fatty liver disease. A healthy liver contains just a little fat or none at all. But too much fat buildup in liver cells can cause swelling and damage. Over time, the excess fat can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even liver failure. You are not a goose with a liver to be enlarged and served as a canape.
Drinking too much alcohol can cause fatty liver. But a growing number of people who drink little or no alcohol are also being diagnosed with fatty liver. In fact, the rise seems to be tied to the nation’s obesity epidemic. If you are overweight, extra caution to ensure a healthy liver is definitely in order. BTW, liquor is chock full of empty calories so it is best avoided if you are overweight or have a liver condition.
To avoid fatty liver disease, we recommend lifestyle changes: Weight loss for those of you who are overweight, and exercise and a healthy diet to help reduce fat. In many patients, a small 5-8% reduction in body weight will translate into a large improvement to liver damage. For people with alcohol-related fatty liver, stopping alcohol use can reverse or prevent further liver injury.
Another potentially dangerous type of liver disease can be caused by taking certain drugs or supplements. Taking too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the most common cause of sudden liver failure. The danger is elevated if you mix alcohol with acetaminophen or certain other drugs. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications you take and how they might affect your liver.
Bottom Line: Maintain a healthy weight, stay physically active, and limit your alcohol use. Keep your liver healthy, and it will protect you for a lifetime. Remember: our objective is to enable you to live a long life without getting old.
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