Treatment and Prevention of Liver Problem

Liver problem/disease is a common health problem. Treatment of liver problem depends on the diagnosis and the cause of the liver problem. Many liver problems can be managed with lifestyle modification, such as stopping of alcohol, regular physical exercise and weight control (weight loss if obese) etc. And these are part of routine management of liver disease, along with regular monitoring of liver functions. However, one should remember that in many cases liver disease might ultimately require liver transplantation, because no effective medications are available.

Prevention of liver problems:

Prevention plays an important role in overall management of liver problems. Many liver diseases are preventable and one should try to prevent them. Following steps are required to prevent many liver problems,

  • Consume alcohol in moderation. If you have already developed liver problem, the best is to stop alcohol consumption altogether. Safe rule for drinking is to drink not more than one drink a day if you are a woman or man above 65 years of age. For adult men, not more than two drinks a day. Beyond this limit, safety of drinking is uncertain. Hence, if you like to drink, stick to this rule to keep your liver healthy.
  • Get yourself vaccinated against hepatitis B and possibly hepatitis A too. Hepatitis B is a common cause of liver disease or hepatitis, that may ultimately lead to liver cancer or cirrhosis.
  • Avoid contact with other people‚Äôs body fluids such as blood or blood products.
  • Avoid risky behavior such as intravenous drug use (where one may share needles with other drug users) or unprotected sexual life.
  • Use medications carefully. If you are taking medications for various medical problems, it is best to understand that many medications are potentially hepatotoxic. Also, never mix medications and alcohol.
  • If you are using insecticide spray in your home or using paint or toxic chemicals, make sure your room is well ventilated and always wear a mask in such a situation. Protect your skin while doing such works indoor.
  • Obesity is an important factor in causing various liver problems such as non-alcoholic fatty liver. Hence, maintain a healthy body weight.

 

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