How to protect my Liver?

Prevention is better than cure!

This statement always holds true for all instances of life. It is always better to take precautions than suffer ailments and bitterness of medicines.

We are going to discuss what all can be done to prevent Liver damage:

  1. Avoid Alcohol: drinking alcohol is associated with a faster progression of liver disease, says Marc Ghany, MD, MHSc, a staff physician in the liver diseases branch at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.
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  2. Reduce Consuming Pain Killers: Dr. Jensen recommends limiting the use of pain medications containing acetaminophen to less than 2,000 milligrams a day. “Acetaminophen can cause liver damage on its own, so if your liver is already harmed from other causes, the threshold for damage is lower,” he explains
  3. Discuss Your Medicines With Your Doctor: Each time you visit the doc, make sure you inform him/her about your existing prescriptions and recent health history. Some drugs are metabolized by the liver and may cause further harm when your liver is already damaged. Even supplements that are marketed as “natural” can interfere with liver function and cause severe side effects.
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  4. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight can cause fat to build up in the liver and contribute to insulin resistance and liver damage from fibrosis, or scarring, of the liver. Work toward a healthy weight by exercising regularly, eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and watching your calorie intake.
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  5. Don’t Give Up Coffee! “Patients who drank three or more cups of coffee per day had a 50 percent lower risk of disease progression,”

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  6. Get vaccinated. Get tested for other viruses that affect the liver, like hepatitis A and B, and get vaccinated against them to reduce the risk for further liver damage.
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  7. Keep your appointments for regular checkups: For chronic hepatitis C, you’ll likely see your doctor every three to six months, depending on the severity of your illness and the type of treatment you’re getting. Don’t skip these appointments. Use them as opportunities to evaluate your care steps as well as your condition.

Source: Everyday Health

All the Fuss Leading to Lead

Lead was found in Maggi. Lead was found in Yipee. Instant noodles were banned because there is lead in it. But what does lead lead to, that has created all the fuss in the media today? (sources: NRDC; KingCounty )

Lead as poison (scientific name: Plumbum)

  1. Inhibits oxygen and calcium transport and altering nerve transmission in the brain.
  2. Builds up in soft tissue — kidneys, bone marrow, liver, and brain — as well as bones and teeth.
  3. Lead can cause permanent damage including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and shortened attention span.
  4. Low-level chronic lead exposure in childhood can alter secretion of the human growth hormone, stunting growth and promoting obesity.
  5. Even at low levels, lead can be harmful and be associated with:

  6. Behavior issues
  7. Nervous system damage
  8. Speech and language impairment
  9. Decreased muscle growth
  10. Decreased bone growth
  11. Kidney damage
  12. High levels of lead are life threatening and can cause seizures, unconsciousness, and death.

There is no safe level for Lead intake. Prolonged use of small quantity of lead can also cause serious health issues. And high-level intake can even cause death.

And this is why there has been so much fuss related to lead.