Take A Quiz! Are You Clear About Liver Health?
Question: Which of the following(s) affects liver function?
A) Drink a lot of wine and beer B) BMI over 25 C) Medicine D) Always snacking on junk food
The answer is all of the above! Hope everyone has got the correct answer. Alcohol, weight, drugs, and diet all play a part in liver health.
Heavy drinking can lead to alcohol-related liver problems. Research suggests that the liver produces more fatty acids after alcohol consumption. The build-up of fat in the liver can cause permanent scarring on the liver if left untreated over the years. Quit drinking or drinking at safe levels to allow the liver to repair itself.
Being overweight can cause lead to the accumulation of fat in the liver. Similar to alcohol-related liver problems, this condition can lead to irreversible damage over the years without proper treatment. People with very little exercise or other health concerns such as high cholesterol and blood pressure level are at higher risk.
Some common drugs can lead to severe damage to the liver if consumed at a high dose or taken at a high dose over a long time. Other drugs, like antibiotics, can also affect liver cells. It is important to consult a healthcare provider before taking any medicine and follow the dose and any instructions given. They may also order liver function tests if the medication can impact liver function.
Food that is rich in saturated fat, trans fat, salt, added sugar, or refined carbohydrates is the worst food for liver health. Overconsumption of this kind of food can lead to overweight. As said, being overweight can lead to fat accumulation in the liver. Also, these food are challenging for the liver to process. It can be hard on liver cells and eventually cause scarring tissues.
Luckily, it often takes years to develop permanent liver damage. There are still chances to modify our lifestyle to protect liver health!
- * All research and clinical data should be used as reference purposes only, results may vary.