25 Ways to Love Your Liver

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Avoid taking unnecessary medications. Too many chemicals can harm the liver.If you are a baby boomer, get tested for Hepatitis C today.Don’t mix medications without the advice of a doctor. Mixing medications could be poisonous to your liver.Drink alcohol responsibly.Never mix alcohol with other drugs and medications.Be careful when using aerosol cleaners. The liver has to detoxify what you breathe in. Make sure the room is well ventilated or wear a mask.Bug sprays, paint sprays and all those other chemical sprays you use can cause harm as well. Be careful what you breathe.Get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B and make sure your children are vaccinated as well.If you get a tattoo, make sure you only use single needles and ink pots. No sharing!Exercise regularly – walk a little further, climb the stairs.Don’t share personal use items such as combs, razors, and manicure tools.Teach your children what a syringe lo…
Lysosomal Acid Lipase De ficiency (LALD) Explore this page to learn more about LAL-D, including a description of the disease and how it's diagnosed. What is LAL-D?
Lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) is a rare, chronic, progressive inherited disorder. It affects the body’s ability to produce an enzyme called lysosomal acid lipase (LAL). This enzyme is needed for the breakdown of fats (lipids) and cholesterol in your cells. When the LAL enzyme is missing or deficient, fats accumulate in organs and tissues throughout the body, primarily leading to liver disease and high “bad cholesterol,” which is linked to cardiovascular disease.

How is LAL-D inherited?
LAL-D is an autosomal recessive inherited disorder, meaning that both parents must pass on a defective gene to the affected child. The disorder is usually passed on by two parents that are carriers – meaning their health is not affected – but both parents have one abnormal gene (recessive gene) and one normal gene (d…

Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP)

Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) Explore this section to learn more about ICP, including a description of the disease and how it's diagnosed.
What is Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP)? Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) is a liver disorder which occurs during pregnancy. This condition affects the normal flow of bile. Bile acids are chemicals in the bile of the liver that help with digestion. With ICP the bile flow begins to slow down in tern the bile acids build up in the blood. This results in the woman itching that can vary in severity and type. The itching can be bothersome to severe itching and is often worse at night. There is rarely jaundice when experiencing this condition. Although it has been reported as early as a few 8 weeks pregnant, it is more common for it to begin in the third trimester, when hormone concentrations are at their highest levels. The figure for the percentage of women for whom Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnanc…

Wilson Disease

Wilson Disease Explore this section to learn more about Wilson disease, including a description of the disease and how it's diagnosed. What is Wilson disease?
Wilson disease is an inherited condition that causes the body to retain excess copper. The liver of a person who has Wilson's disease does not release copper into bile as it should. As the copper builds up in the liver, it begins to damage the organ.
After enough damage, the liver releases the copper directly into the bloodstream, which carries the copper throughout the body. The copper buildup leads to damage in the kidneys, brain, and eyes. If not treated, Wilson's disease can cause severe brain damage, liver failure, and death.
What are the symptoms of Wilson disease?
Wilson Disease is present at birth, but the symptoms usually appear between the ages of 6 and 20 years and can begin as late as age 40. The most characteristic sign is a rusty brown ring around the cornea of the eye called the Kayser-Flei…

Type I Glycogen Storage Disease

Type I Glycogen Storage Disease Explore this section to learn more about Type I Glycogen Storage Disease, including a description of the disease and how it's diagnosed. What is type I glycogen storage disease?
Type I glycogen storage disease (GSD I), also known as von Gierke’s disease, is the most common form of glycogen storage disease, accounting for 25% of all cases. It is an inherited disorder that affects the metabolism - the way the body breaks food down into energy.
After we eat, excess glucose is stored in the liver as glycogen to maintain normal glucose levels in our body. In GSD I, the enzyme needed to release glucose from glycogen is missing. When this occurs, a person cannot maintain his or her blood glucose levels and will develop hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) within a few hours after eating. The low levels of glucose in the blood of these individuals often result in chronic hunger, fatigue, and irritability. These symptoms are especially noticeable in …

Reye Syndrome

Reye Syndrome Explore this section to learn more about Reye syndrome, including a description of the disease and how it's diagnosed. What is Reye syndrome?
Reye syndrome is a rare illness that affects all bodily organs but is most harmful to the brain and the liver. It occurs primarily among children who are recovering from a viral infection, such as chicken pox or the flu. It usually develops a week after the onset of the viral illness but can also occur a few days after onset. Liver-related complications of Reye syndrome include fatty deposits, abnormal liver function tests, and poor blood clotting and bleeding caused by liver failure.
What are the symptoms of Reye syndrome?
Reye syndrome is often misdiagnosed as encephalitis, meningitis, diabetes, drug overdose, poisoning, sudden infant death syndrome, or psychiatric illness.
Symptoms include persistent or recurrent vomiting, listlessness, personality changes such as irritability or combativeness, disorientation, de…

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

NAFLD Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease IMPORTANCE The liver is the second largest organ in your body and is located under your rib cage on the right side. It weighs about three pounds and is shaped like a football that is flat on one side.
The liver performs many jobs in your body. It processes what you eat and drink into energy and nutrients your body can use. The liver also removes harmful substances from your blood.
WHAT IS NAFLD? Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the build up of extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by alcohol. It is normal for the liver to contain some fat. However, if more than 5% - 10% percent of the liver’s weight is fat, then it is called a fatty liver (steatosis).
WHO IS LIKELY TO HAVE NAFLD? NAFLD tends to develop in people who are overweight or obese or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Rapid weight loss and poor eating habits also may lead to NAFLD.

However, some people develop NAFLD even if they do not have …