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Liver Disease

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According to the Medscape website, the article Global Burden of Liver Disease Substantial, written by Miriam E. Tucker, states that the deaths from cirrhosis and liver cancer has increased by 50 million per year over the past two decades worldwide. But what exactly is this disease that has been increasing the number of deaths in this world? According to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease website, this liver condition consists of the deteriorating of the organ and the incapability to function normally due to a chronic injury. Due to injury, scar tissue of the liver would replace healthy liver tissue and can restrict or block the blood flow through the liver. The liver is known to be the body’s largest and one of…show more content…
Another common reason that causes liver cirrhosis is alcohol related liver disease, which occurs after years of heavy alcohol use. A fat liver can also lead to this disease; nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) happens when fat builds up in the liver but not through alcohol use, and fatty liver can be found commonly in people who are obese, have diabetes, have high blood cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, and have metabolic syndrome. Another disease that is quite similar to NAFLD is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and did condition occurs when fat accompanies inflammation and liver cell damage. One last common cause of liver cirrhosis is chronic hepatitis B, and this is also a viral infection which leads to inflammation, damage, fibrosis and…show more content…
According to the WebMD website under Understanding Cirrhosis – Prevention, it informs the readers of ways to prevent this disease. For instance, it states that if a person decides to go out and drink, the individual must know and not surpass their limits. Also, alcohol tolerance is not the same and can vary within people. It is advisable that people should avoid drinking on a daily basis, but if they do they must limit to only one or two drinks. When consuming alcohol, never mix the substance with drugs because some medications can react with the alcohol and damage the liver. Another way to prevent liver cirrhosis is to avoid consuming uncooked shellfish and to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Furthermore, to avoid exposure to industrial chemicals which could enter the bloodstream and damage the organ. Lastly, a person should take precautions and avoid any direct contact with a person who has hepatitis, practice safe sex, and to get vaccinated especially when traveling outside the
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