How Can You Love it If YouHow Can You Love it If YouDont Know it?Dont Know it?
Hi... Im Your Liver!Hi... Im Your Liver!Let me tell you how much I loveLet me tell you how much I loveyou…inyou…in 99 waysways
1. I1. I store the ironstore the ironreserves you need, asreserves you need, aswell as a lot ofwell as a lot ofvitamins and othervitamins and otherminerals.minerals.Without me, youWithout me, youwouldnt have thewouldnt have thestrength to carry on!strength to carry on!
2. I make2. I make bilebile to helpto helpdigest your food.digest your food.Without me, youdWithout me, youdwaste away towaste away tonothing.nothing.
3. I3. I detoxify poisonousdetoxify poisonouschemicalschemicals you give me,you give me,and that includesand that includesalcohol, beer, wine andalcohol, beer, wine anddrugs (prescribed anddrugs (prescribed andover-the-counter) asover-the-counter) aswell as illegalwell as illegalsubstances.substances.Without me, your "bad"Without me, your "bad"habits would kill you.habits would kill you.
4. I store4. I store energyenergy, like a, like abattery, by stockpilingbattery, by stockpilingsugar (carbohydrates,sugar (carbohydrates,glucose and fat) untilglucose and fat) untilyou need it.you need it.Without me, theWithout me, thesugar level in yoursugar level in yourblood could fallblood could falldramatically anddramatically andyoud go into a coma.youd go into a coma.
You couldnt have gotten out ofYou couldnt have gotten out ofbed this morning if I werent onbed this morning if I werent onthe job!.the job!.
5. I5. I make the bloodmake the blood thatthatgot your system goinggot your system goingeven before you wereeven before you wereborn.born.Without me, youWithout me, youwouldnt be here!wouldnt be here!
6. I6. I manufacture newmanufacture newproteinsproteins that yourthat yourbody needs to staybody needs to stayhealthy and grow.healthy and grow.Without me, youWithout me, youwouldnt growwouldnt growproperly!properly!
7. I7. I remove poisonsremove poisonsfrom the air, exhaustfrom the air, exhaustsmoke and chemicalssmoke and chemicalsyou breathe.you breathe.Without me, youd beWithout me, youd bepoisoned bypoisoned bypollutants!pollutants!
8. I8. I make clotting factorsmake clotting factorsthat stop the bleedingthat stop the bleedingwhen you accidentallywhen you accidentallyprick yourself.prick yourself.Without me, youd bleedWithout me, youd bleedto death!to death!
9. I help9. I help defend youdefend you againstagainstthe germs going into yourthe germs going into yourbody all the time. I takebody all the time. I takethose cold germs, flu bugsthose cold germs, flu bugsand other germs youand other germs youencounter, and knockencounter, and knockthem dead - or at leastthem dead - or at leastweaken them.weaken them.Without me, youd be aWithout me, youd be asitting duck for everysitting duck for everyinfection known to man.infection known to man.
Thats how much I loveThats how much I loveyou... but do you loveyou... but do you loveme?me?
Now,Now,let us share about a mostlet us share about a mostcommon liver disease – fattycommon liver disease – fattyliver …..liver …..
Fatty LiverFatty LiverWhat is it?What is it?• Fatty liverFatty liver is the collection ofis the collection of excessiveexcessiveamounts of fat inside liver cellsamounts of fat inside liver cells, also called, also calledsteatosis.steatosis.• Mostly triglycerides.Mostly triglycerides.
Common type of Fatty LiverCommon type of Fatty Liver1. Nonalcoholic1. Nonalcoholicfatty liverfatty liverdiseasedisease(NAFLD) -(NAFLD) -affect peopleaffect peoplewho drink littlewho drink littleor no alcohol.or no alcohol.•simple fatty liversimple fatty liver(steatosis),(steatosis),usually causesusually causesno liverdamage.no liverdamage.
2. Nonalcoholic2. Nonalcoholicsteatohepatitissteatohepatitis(NASH), a more(NASH), a moreserious type.serious type.Cause by hepatitisCause by hepatitisinfection,infection,malnutrition,malnutrition,obesity, diabetesobesity, diabetesmellitus, andmellitus, andReyes syndromeReyes syndrome ..In somecases, thiscanIn somecases, thiscanprogresseither toprogresseither tocirrhosis, which cancirrhosis, which canproduceprogressive,produceprogressive,irreversibleliverirreversibleliverscarring, or to liverscarring, or to livercancer.cancer.
Reyes Syndrome - a deadly disease, attackReyes Syndrome - a deadly disease, attackany child or adult without warning. any child or adult without warning. All body organs are affected, with the liver and brainAll body organs are affected, with the liver and brainsuffering most seriously. suffering most seriously. Cause and cure remain unknown, research hasCause and cure remain unknown, research hasestablished a link between Reyes Syndrome and theestablished a link between Reyes Syndrome and theuse of aspirin and other salicylate-containinguse of aspirin and other salicylate-containingmedications. medications.
3. Alcoholic3. Alcoholicsteatosis.steatosis.Cause alcohol byCause alcohol byabuseabuseAll body organs areAll body organs areaffected, with the liver andaffected, with the liver andbrain suffering mostbrain suffering mostseriously. seriously. Cause and cure remainCause and cure remainunknown, research hasunknown, research hasestablished a link betweenestablished a link betweenReyes Syndrome and theReyes Syndrome and theuse of aspirin and otheruse of aspirin and othersalicylate-containingsalicylate-containingmedications. medications.
Causes:Causes:1.1.Nonalcoholic fatty liver - Its unclearNonalcoholic fatty liver - Its unclearexactly what causes disease.exactly what causes disease.But many researchers believe theBut many researchers believe thecontributing factors are:contributing factors are:– ObesityObesity– HypertensionHypertension– Abnormal cholesterol levelsAbnormal cholesterol levels
2. Its also unclear exactly how a liver2. Its also unclear exactly how a liverbecomes fatty. The fat may come frombecomes fatty. The fat may come fromother parts of the body, or the liver mayother parts of the body, or the liver mayabsorbabsorb anan increasedincreased amount of fat fromamount of fat fromthe intestine.the intestine.Another possible explanation is that theAnother possible explanation is that theliverliver loses its ability to change fatloses its ability to change fat into ainto aform that can be eliminated.form that can be eliminated.
What are the symptoms?What are the symptoms?• Fatty liver usually produces no symptoms.Fatty liver usually produces no symptoms.• JaundiceJaundice• right-side abdominal painright-side abdominal pain• abdominal swellingabdominal swelling• fever.fever.
At more advanced stage, liverAt more advanced stage, liverbecomesbecomes cirrhosiscirrhosis• Cirrhosis refers to scarring of the liver. ItCirrhosis refers to scarring of the liver. Itreplaces healthy tissue.replaces healthy tissue.• Scar tissue cannot do what healthy liverScar tissue cannot do what healthy livertissue does.tissue does.• Scar tissue also blocks the normal flow ofScar tissue also blocks the normal flow ofblood through the liver.blood through the liver.• Cirrhosis can be life-threatening, but it canCirrhosis can be life-threatening, but it canalso be controlled if treated early.also be controlled if treated early.
A fatty liver is enlarged and has a greasy,A fatty liver is enlarged and has a greasy,pale yellow look.pale yellow look.
How is it diagnosed?How is it diagnosed?• The liver may be tender when theThe liver may be tender when theabdomen is pressed.abdomen is pressed.• Blood tests - for liver function.Blood tests - for liver function.• Ultrasound or abdominal CT scan.Ultrasound or abdominal CT scan.
What is the treatment?What is the treatment?• Treatment for fatty liver is aimed atTreatment for fatty liver is aimed ateliminating or treatingeliminating or treating the causethe cause of theof thecondition.condition.• In some cases, fatty liver is reversible ifIn some cases, fatty liver is reversible ifcaught early in its development.caught early in its development.• Pregnancy-related fatty liver is treated byPregnancy-related fatty liver is treated bydelivering the baby, if viable.delivering the baby, if viable.• Severe liver damage can occur if fatty liverSevere liver damage can occur if fatty liveris left untreated. In these cases, theis left untreated. In these cases, thepatient may eventually require a liverpatient may eventually require a livertransplanttransplant
Fatty liver % detection vs no ofFatty liver % detection vs no ofcheck-up 2006check-up 2006Modality2005totalcheck-up2005%2006-totalcheck-up2006%Ct Scan 1661 17.52 1132 24.12Ultrasound 2627 9.82 3566 18.82
That shows some peopleThat shows some peopledo not love medo not love meenough…enough…
Now,Now,Let me tell you some easyLet me tell you some easyways to love me, yourways to love me, yourliverliver
• Dont drown me in beer,Dont drown me in beer,alcohol or wine!alcohol or wine!Even one drink is too muchEven one drink is too muchfor some people and couldfor some people and couldscar me for life.scar me for life.
• I scar easily.. and those scars, calledI scar easily.. and those scars, called"cirrhosis" are permanent."cirrhosis" are permanent.Medicine is sometimes necessary. ButMedicine is sometimes necessary. But takingtakingpills when they arent necessary is a bad habitpills when they arent necessary is a bad habit..All those chemicals can really hurt a liver.All those chemicals can really hurt a liver.• Watch those drugs!Watch those drugs!All drugs are chemicals, andAll drugs are chemicals, andwhen you mix them up withoutwhen you mix them up withouta doctors advice you coulda doctors advice you couldcreate something poisonouscreate something poisonousthat could damage me badly.that could damage me badly.
• Be careful withBe careful withaerosol spraysaerosol sprays!!Remember, I haveRemember, I haveto detoxify whatto detoxify whatyou breathe in,you breathe in,too. So when youtoo. So when youare cleaning withare cleaning withaerosol cleaners,aerosol cleaners,make sure themake sure theroom is ventilated,room is ventilated,or wear a mask.or wear a mask.• That goes double for bug sprays, mildewThat goes double for bug sprays, mildewsprays, paint sprays and all those othersprays, paint sprays and all those otherchemical sprays you use. Be careful whatchemical sprays you use. Be careful whatyou breathe!you breathe!
• Watch what gets on your skin!Watch what gets on your skin! Those insecticidesThose insecticidesyou put on trees and shrubs not only kill bugs theyyou put on trees and shrubs not only kill bugs theycan get to me right through your skin and destroycan get to me right through your skin and destroymy cells, too. Remember theyre all chemicals.my cells, too. Remember theyre all chemicals.Cover your skin with gloves, long sleeves, a hatCover your skin with gloves, long sleeves, a hatand mask every time insecticides are in the air or ifand mask every time insecticides are in the air or ifyoure handling them.youre handling them.
• Dont eat too muchDont eat too much fatty foodfatty food!!I make the cholesterol your bodyI make the cholesterol your bodyneeds, and I try to make the rightneeds, and I try to make the rightamount.amount.Give me a break. Eat a good, wellGive me a break. Eat a good, wellbalanced nourishing diet. If you eatbalanced nourishing diet. If you eatthe right stuff for me, Ill really do mythe right stuff for me, Ill really do mystuff for you!stuff for you!
WARNING:WARNING:I cant and wont tell you Im in troubleI cant and wont tell you Im in troubleuntil Im almost at the end of myuntil Im almost at the end of myrope... and yours.rope... and yours.Remember: I am a non-complainer.Remember: I am a non-complainer.Overloading me with drugs, alcohol and otherOverloading me with drugs, alcohol and otherjunk can destroy me! This may be the onlyjunk can destroy me! This may be the onlywarning you will ever get.warning you will ever get.
Take My Advice, Please!Take My Advice, Please!• Check me out with your doctor.Check me out with your doctor.• Blood screening tests can identifyBlood screening tests can identifysome trouble.some trouble.• If Im soft and smooth, thatsIf Im soft and smooth, thatsgood. If Im hard and bumpy, thatgood. If Im hard and bumpy, thatcould mean trouble.could mean trouble.• If your doctor suspects trouble,If your doctor suspects trouble,ULTRA SOUND and CT scansULTRA SOUND and CT scanscan look into it.can look into it.• My life, and yours, depends onMy life, and yours, depends onhow you treat me.how you treat me.
Now you know how much I careNow you know how much I careforfor you.you.Please treatPlease treat meme with tenderwith tenderloving care.loving care.Your silent partner and ever-Your silent partner and ever-loving lover….LIVERloving lover….LIVER