World Liver Day is observed annually on April 19. It is important of every individual to aware about the liver and to protect the liver which is one of the vital organs of the body.
Liver … Liver is an important organ found in the body of vertebrates and some animals. In humans, the liver is found just below the chest, near the gallbladder and stomach, and on the right upper part of the abdomen. The liver is not only the largest organ in the body but also the largest fluid-secreting gland. The liver is able to regulate a variety of functions, including regulating and balancing the internal organs of the body. It also performs some important functions, including metabolism and hormone production. Supplements the digestive gland and makes bile too.
Liver helps to break down hemoglobin and produce a protein called bilirubin in the process called metabolism. Performing various tasks like this can help boost the liver immune system. At the same time, although it has the power to renew itself in the event of an injury, excessive exposure of alcohol can make the liver very tired. Jaundice is caused because of excessive alcohol and the hepatitis B and other viruses. Surgical jaundice can also occur due obstruction of bile ducts due to various causes apart from biliary stones. Even high sugar can affect the liver.
Not only the hepatitis virus but also the corona virus infects the liver. In China, the first country infected with the corona virus underwent liver test for recovery. Liver examination revealed that 50 percent of the patients had moderate liver damage. The exact cause of how the corona virus affects the liver is not known. Fatty liver itself a syndrome due to our lifestyle rather to blame any disease.
Today we can see that many people with corona infection are in great distress. Therefore, it is necessary to protect the liver very carefully. Liver function test should be done to protect and keep the liver healthy. Tests including HAV Igm, Anti HCV, HBs Ag are also required. After that it is very important to act on the advice of doctors. If the liver is left unattended with the symptoms that appear when the liver is not doing its job, it will be completely damaged, and many parts of the body will become completely inactive. So, attention is needed.
There are a lot of ways to protect the liver. Water and food habits are basic components of life. Basically, if you focus on food and water you can take care of liver damage. Also, you can prevent fatty liver damage if you exercise and avoid taking desired foods whenever your desire triggers or without any timeline. At the same time, the advice of doctors is very important. Stress is more likely to affect the `fatty liver’ even if you have a healthy diet and do not touch alcohol at all. A person who is depressed will over-secrete certain hormones and add fat to the liver. Similarly, people with diabetes are more likely to have early fatty liver. This means that people with diabetes will not be able to secrete insulin properly, so blood sugar will not be able to enter the cells and excess fatty acids will accumulate in the blood. Liver may be affected if problems such as abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting and constipation, starting with indigestion persists. So, be careful. Even if it is not life threatening, it is important to know the liver damage and take appropriate treatment.
Taking care of dehydration can help to prevent liver damage. You can always add apple cider vinegar before meals. Mix apple cider vinegar and honey in a tumbler of water and drink it twice a day. Similarly, you can eat gooseberry which is high in vitamin C. Turmeric, spinach, carrot juice and papaya also help prevent dehydration.
Above all these the advice of a doctor is very important. Let’s protect the liver and lead a healthy life.
Dr. Neelamekam Thoppa Kapali,
HOD-Surgery-Gastro & Minimal Access Surgery
Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai