Causes of problems
Risk factors for liver pathologies:
● alcohol abuse;
● unhealthy diet with a predominance of animal fats, easily digestible carbohydrates;
● significant drug load;
● low mobility;
● poor ecology;
● permanent dieting.
Hepatitis also has a negative effect on the condition of the organ: at first, they cause inflammatory manifestations, and then, cirrhosis. One can become infected with hepatitis B, C type virus during manicure, blood transfusion, through intimate contact. Hepatitis A is a community-acquired disease.
When should I go to the doctor?
The liver rarely lets you know about problems via localized severe pain, so look for indirect signs. Nausea, drowsiness, fatigue, a feeling of heaviness on the right under the ribs, regular abdominal distention are the warnings.
Routine check is needed:
● after 50 years;
● in the presence of diabetics in the family;
● during pregnancy;
● in obesity;
● in women taking oral contraceptives;
● after prolonged antibiotic therapy.
Also, for timely monitoring, you can regularly undergo liver function tests. They are made in any private or public laboratory.
What to do
To support the liver, maintain its health:
1. Adhere to the principles of healthy nutrition, give up sweet, fatty, junk food. Remember that fats and sugars have a more negative effect than alcohol.
2. Increase the use of polyunsaturated fatty acids — they accelerate the recovery of the liver. Omega-acids are present in cold-pressed oils, walnuts, seeds, seafood, fish.
3. Limit alcohol consumption — more than 20 g of ethanol per day (recalculate for a specific drink) is already dangerous.
4. Always wash your hands before meals, drink only high-quality water, never take someone else’s scissors, forceps, toothbrushes.
5. Use a condom every time you have sexual intercourse with a new partner.
Newborns need to be vaccinated against hepatitis B — it gives the immunity for at least 10 years, sometimes for life. The liver says “thank you” to the owner leading an active lifestyle. Low mobility suspends the processing of saturated fats, and they are deposited in cells of the organ. The outcomes include non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, liver failure, and cirrhosis.
Take hepatoprotectors — medicinal products, dietary supplements that protect the liver cells from negative external influences, accelerate recovery. Amino acids, vitamins A, C, A, micronutrients selenium and chromium are useful for this organ. Good results are achieved using the amino acid complex Betargin.