Stressed or Unhealthy Lifestyle - Liver Check-up is a Must

Stressed, Have a Unhealthy Lifestyle? Liver Check-up is a Must!

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 11 Oct 2015 - 17:19

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According to a health expert, given the sedentary lifestyle, obesity and increase in the consumption of alcohol, India may soon become the world's capital of liver diseases by the year 2025.

A consultant surgeon of surgical gastrology and liver transplantation, at Sir Ganga Ram hospital, Dr Abhijeet Choudhary, says, that there is an increased risk of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) due to the above referred factors. NASH is a silent liver disease and may also progress into cancer if left untreated. "Fatty liver and NASH have been found in all age groups, including children. However, it is more common between the age group of 40 to 49 years," he explained.

Timely diagnosis is important for effective treatment.  Timely diagnosis is possible with periodic health check up and monitoring of  your overall health. "If the diseases linked with fatty liver are timely diagnosed, then they can be treated with laparoscopy, minimal invasion surgery or robotic surgery," he added.

Risk Factors for Liver Disease

The findings of a new study have revealed that anxiety and depression could raise the risk of death due to liver disease. Stress associated with sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet are some of the risk factors to watch for.  Especially if you have a bad lifestyle, it is all the more important to go for periodic check-ups with your doctor’s consultation as, early detection can help better treatment outcomes and also save the treatment cost for you.

Why Liver Checkup?

Often as part of the routine lab tests, most doctors advise liver checkup or live function tests if:

  • You are suspected of a liver disease or bile problems ( abdominal pain, nausea or yellow skin)
  • You are on a medication that is harmful to the liver
  • You are alcoholic (consume excessive alcohol)

Liver Diseases:

The most common liver diseases include:

  • Various types of acute hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
  • Metastatic cancers which spread from other primary sites in the body by way of the bloodstream. However, primary liver cancers can also occur.
  • Viruses, drugs and alcohol as well as metabolic immune system and hereditary abnormalities are the main causes of many diseases of the liver.

Types of Tests

Liver function or enzyme tests include a group of blood tests to detect any damage or inflammation to the liver.  Some of these tests are ALT, AST, PT, INR, albumin, and bilirubin.

The liver does various functions from filtering and processing blood as it circulates through the body to metabolizing nutrients, detoxifying harmful substances, making blood clotting proteins and other chemical reactions caused by enzymes in the liver. When liver cells are damaged or destroyed, the enzymes in the cells leak out into the blood, which can be measured by blood tests.

Prevention

To avoid any kind of damage to the liver, make sure you have a healthy lifestyle and ensure you go for periodic liver check-up so that any disorder can be detected in the initial stage, making treatment easier and effective.

 

 

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.