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Liver Good Life: four steps to take control of your liver’s health

   Know the risks 

  • There are many causes of liver disease but there are three main threats to your liver’s health which you can protect yourself from:
  • Alcohol 
    If you regularly drink more than a pint or two of beer, or a couple of glasses of wine each day, you’re putting the liver under incredible strain.  
  • Learn more… 
  • Fatty liver disease
    Fatty deposits can build up in your liver and cause inflammation and liver damage. This is more likely if you are overweight and don’t exercise.  
  • Learn more… 
  • Viral hepatitis (A, B & C)
    Viruses can invade the liver and cause damage. 
    People may not know they have them so they’re easy to pass on.     
  • Learn more…

   Get protected 

  • – Stick to the recommended drinking guidelines and give your liver at least 2 days a week free from  alcohol
  • – Watch your diet and take regular exercise
  • – Use a condom when you have sex
  • – Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B
  • – Don’t share equipment which could have been contaminated with blood or body fluids

 Get tested

  • – Liver disease can be a silent killer and symptoms can take years to develop, even decades
  • – If you think your liver may have been exposed to damage – get tested
  • – There are blood tests for viral hepatitis and liver function
  • – Visit your GP or GUM clinic
  • – GUM clinics offer confidential testing for hepatitis B and C

   Get treated   

  • – Liver disease can impact every part of your life
  • – It can be serious, even fatal
  • – There are treatments for viral hepatitis
  • – For alcohol and fatty liver disease, treatment will involve lifestyle changes to diet and exercise and careful monitoring 
  • – The sooner you get treatment the better