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Our liver is one of the most complex organs in the body. It performs more than 500 functions and is also the largest organ in the abdomen. The liver is a housekeeper, cleaning the body constantly. Some of the most important functions include:
- Digesting proteins and fats
- Removes toxins from the body
- Helps to control blood clotting
In order to digest fats, the liver releases bile that breaks down the fats which aids digestion. The more proteins and fats digested, the more the liver has to work. The liver also has to work when alcohol is consumed, drugs are taken including several prescription and OTC medicines, and when excessive fats are eaten which can come from fast food, processed food, and fried foods.
How do we pay the liver for its service? Eat a proper diet – not too much fat and or junk food and less or no alcohol or drugs. Eat healthy food without chemicals or additives. Read the labels on processed food. If the label list is very long, then look for something that does not have all those chemicals and is made with natural ingredients.
Although the exact cause of liver cancer is unknown, it is thought to be related to excessive damage to the liver. Obesity may increase the risk of liver cancer due to its links with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Cirrhosis which is a liver disease caused by scarring of the liver or loss of liver cells can be caused by the Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C viral infections. Too much alcohol can also cause liver damage.
It is important to have your liver checked regularly which can be done during an annual health screening at an international hospital. Exams and tests for the liver may include a physical examination, blood tests, CT scans, an MRI, an ultrasound, and a biopsy. A yearly comprehensive physical is important because it is preventative and may help catch liver problems early enough so that lifestyle changes can be made to return it to health.