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Liver Disease and Preventative Measures

A diseased liver is no laughing matter, especially if you were born with liver problems. Unfortunately, congenital liver issues cannot be cured, however, as and when symptoms arise they can be treated. If you have a family history of liver disease and are worried that you are susceptible to this later on in your life, there are preventative measures that you can take to avoid history repeating itself.

Healthy Weight

A healthy, high-fibre, low-fat diet will help keep the unwanted body weight at bay. This is beneficial in avoiding fat accumulation in the liver which can result in non-alcoholic fatty liver syndrome.

Good Hygiene

Back in your childhood days, it was probably annoying when your mom made you wash your hands before eating your meals or after you’d visited the toilet. Well, she was right, you know. This sort of good hygiene aids in the prevention of hepatitis A. This type of liver disease is contracted and spread by the exposure to infected feces. Wash your hands!


For preventative measures, you can get your hands on vaccinations for hepatitis A and B. These injections contain donated blood full of immunoglobulins.

Stay Protected

Hepatitis B and C are particularly contagious and are blood-borne. Coming into contact with the blood of an infected person, unprotected sex, the use of unsterilized needles, and the sharing of needles with recreational drug use are a just a few things that can lead to disaster.

Avoid Overdosing and Recreational Drug Use

Doctors these days always warn against the mixing of medications and alcohol. However, the most abused over-the-counter medicine is paracetamol which is used as a painkiller. Lethal doses of this medicine can result in liver failure which can have fatal consequences.

Drug abuse is on the rise every year. Illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, meth, and other drugs can cause detrimental and sometimes irreversible liver damage.

Keep It In Moderation

Heavy alcohol consumption over a long period of time can result in many things namely inflammation and liver tissue scarring which as a result causes cirrhosis. Everyone’s alcohol tolerance levels are different, however, moderate consumption of alcohol for men and women should be adhered to as much as possible. Abstain if need be.

Every part of the human body is as important as the oxygen that we breathe. Just like we take the necessary measures to decrease levels of air pollution in our cities, we must have the exact same attitude towards our bodies. Protect your liver as prevention is better than cure.