HOW much DO YOU LOVE YOUR LIVER?
Do you love your liver?
How Can You Love it If You Don't Know it?
Hi... I'm Your Liver! Let me tell you how much I love you…in 9 ways
1. I store the iron reserves you need, as well as a lot of vitamins and other minerals. Without me, you wouldn't have the strength to carry on!
2. I make bile to help digest your food. Without me, you'd waste away to nothing.
3. I detoxify poisonous chemicals you give me, and that includes alcohol, beer, wine and drugs (prescribed and over-thecounter) as well as illegal substances. Without me, your "bad" habits would
4. I store energy, like a battery, by stockpiling sugar (carbohydrates, glucose and fat) until you need it. Without me, the sugar level in your blood could fall dramatically and you'd go into a
You couldn't have gotten out of bed this morning if I weren't on the job!.
5. I make the blood that got your system going even before you were born. Without me, you wouldn't be here!
6. I manufacture new proteins that your body needs to stay healthy and grow. Without me, you wouldn't grow properly!
7. I remove poisons from the air, exhaust smoke and chemicals you breathe. Without me, you'd be poisoned by pollutants!
8. I make clotting factors that stop the bleeding when you accidentally prick yourself. Without me, you'd bleed to death!
9. I help defend you against the germs going into your body all the time. I take those cold germs, flu bugs and other germs you encounter, and knock them dead - or at least weaken them. Without me, you'd be a sitting duck for every infection known to man.
That's how much I love you... but do you love me?
Now, let us share about a most common liver disease – fatty liver …..
What is it? • Fatty liver is the collection of excessive amounts of fat inside liver cells, also called steatosis.
• Mostly triglycerides.
Common type of Fatty Liver
1. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affect people who drink little or no alcohol.
liver (steatosis), usually causes no liver damage.
2. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a more serious type. Cause by hepatitis infection, malnutrition, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and Reye's syndrome .
In some cases, this can progress either to cirrhosis, which can produce progressive, irreversible liver scarring, or to liver cancer.
Reye's Syndrome - a deadly disease, attack any child or adult without warning. All body organs are affected, with the liver and brain suffering most seriously. Cause and cure remain unknown, research has established a link between Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin and other salicylate-containing medications.
3. Alcoholic steatosis. Cause alcohol by abuse
All body organs are affected, with the liver and brain suffering most seriously. Cause and cure remain unknown, research has established a link between Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin and other salicylate-containing medications.
3.Nonalcoholic fatty liver - It's unclear
exactly what causes disease. But many researchers believe the contributing factors are:
– Obesity – Hypertension – Abnormal cholesterol levels
2. It's also unclear exactly how a liver becomes fatty. The fat may come from other parts of the body, or the liver may absorb an increased amount of fat from the intestine. Another possible explanation is that the liver loses its ability to change fat into a form that can be eliminated.
What are the symptoms?
• Fatty liver usually produces no
symptoms. • Jaundice • right-side abdominal pain • abdominal swelling • fever.
At more advanced stage, liver becomes cirrhosis • Cirrhosis refers to scarring of the liver. It replaces healthy tissue. • Scar tissue cannot do what healthy liver tissue does. • Scar tissue also blocks the normal flow of blood through the liver. • Cirrhosis can be life-threatening, but it can also be controlled if treated early.
A fatty liver is enlarged and has a greasy, pale yellow look.
How is it diagnosed?
• The liver may be tender when the
abdomen is pressed. • Blood tests - for liver function. • Ultrasound or abdominal CT scan.
What is the treatment?
• Treatment for fatty liver is aimed at
eliminating or treating the cause of the condition. • In some cases, fatty liver is reversible if caught early in its development. • Pregnancy-related fatty liver is treated by delivering the baby, if viable. • Severe liver damage can occur if fatty liver is left untreated. In these cases, the patient may eventually require a liver transplant
AbN Statistic PGH – CT Scan
Abnormality Fatty liver Liver cyst Renal cyst Renal calculi GB calculi Prostatomegaly ovarian cyst uterine myoma Total scan done 2005 % 17.52 9.99 7.04 10.90 9.63 4.39 4.58 1.87 1661 2006 % 24.12 11.66 7.77 11.48 9.54 6.18 4.77 3.45 1132
AbN Statistic PGH – U/sound
Abnormality Fatty liver Liver cyst Renal cyst Renal calculi GB calculi Prostatomegaly ovarian cyst uterine myoma Total scan done 2005 % 9.82 1.33 1.60 2.21 3.54 1.48 5.10 2.25 2627 2006 % 18.82 2.52 3.45 3.39 5.52 2.83 8.58 3.79 3566
Fatty liver % detection vs no of check-up 2006
2005 total checkup 1661 2627 2005 % 2006total check-up 1132 3566 2006 %
Modality Ct Scan Ultrasound
That shows some people do not love me enough…
Now, Let me tell you some easy ways to love me, your liver
• Don't drown me in beer,
alcohol or wine! Even one drink is too much for some people and could scar me for life.
All drugs are chemicals, and when you mix them up without a doctor's advice you could create something poisonous that could scars, called • I scar easily.. and thosedamage me badly. "cirrhosis" are permanent. Medicine is sometimes necessary. But taking pills when they aren't necessary is a bad habit. All those chemicals can really hurt a liver.
• Watch those drugs!
aerosol sprays! Remember, I have to detoxify what you breathe in, too. So when you are cleaning with aerosol cleaners, make sure the room is ventilated, or wear a mask. That goes double for bug sprays, mildew sprays, paint sprays and all those other chemical sprays you use. Be careful what you breathe!
• Be careful with
• Watch what gets on your skin! Those
insecticides you put on trees and shrubs not only kill bugs they can get to me right through your skin and destroy my cells, too. Remember they're all chemicals. Cover your skin with gloves, long sleeves, a hat and mask every time insecticides are in the air or if you're handling them.
• Don't eat too much fatty food!
I make the cholesterol your body needs, and I try to make the right amount. Give me a break. Eat a good, well balanced nourishing diet. If you eat the right stuff for me, I'll really do my stuff for you!
WARNING: I can't and won't tell you I'm in trouble until I'm almost at the end of my rope... and yours. Remember: I am a non-complainer. Overloading me with drugs, alcohol and other junk can destroy me! This may be the only warning you will ever get.
Take My Advice, Please! • Check me out with your doctor. • Blood screening tests can identify some trouble. • If I'm soft and smooth, that's good. If I'm hard and bumpy, that could mean trouble. • If your doctor suspects trouble, ULTRA SOUND and CT scans can look into it. • My life, and yours, depends on how you treat me.
Now you know how much I care for you. Please treat me with tender loving care.
Your silent partner and everloving lover….LIVER