Liver Cirrhosis is a serious degenerative disease that occurs when healthy cells in the liver are damaged and replaced by scar tissue, usually as a result of alcohol abuse or chronic hepatitis. As liver cells give way to tough scar tissue, the organ loses its ability to function properly. Severe damage can lead to liver failure and possibly death. Following are 7 tips to put an end to Liver Cirrhosis.
- Drink Alcohol in Moderation
The liver is the one organ in the body that is most intimately involved with the detoxification of the body after excessive alcohol intake, and it often suffers the most damage. Healthy adults should not take more than – one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. Heavy or high-risk drinking is defined as more than eight drinks a week for women and more than 15 drinks a week for men.
- Get Vaccinated
Vaccines have greatly reduced or eliminated many infectious diseases. Vaccines are especially critical for people with conditions such as liver disease. If you’re at increased risk of contracting hepatitis or if you’ve already been infected with any form of the hepatitis virus, talk to your doctor about getting the hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines.
- Use Medications Wisely
It is important to take your medicines the way your doctor tells you. If you don’t, you could have side effects or your health could get worse. Take prescription and nonprescription drugs only when needed and only in recommended doses. Don’t mix medications and alcohol. Talk to your doctor before mixing herbal supplements or prescription or nonprescription drugs.
- Avoid Transfusion of Blood and Contact of Body Fluids
Blood transfusion carries a potential risk of acute or delayed reactions and transfusion-transmitted infections. If your eyes, nose, mouth, or broken skin comes in contact with blood or body fluids (BBF), you’re at risk for transmission of blood borne diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Hepatitis viruses cause liver damage and also increase the risk of liver cancer.
- Take Care While Using Aerosol Sprays
Some chemicals in deodorant sprays, aerosol-based products, insecticides, pesticides, antibiotics, cleaning products, disinfectants, chemical additives in paints, tobacco-based products including cigarettes contain toxins that are capable of damaging liver cells. Make sure the room is ventilated, and wear a mask when spraying insecticides, fungicides, paint and other toxic chemicals. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
Obesity can cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD develops when the liver starts storing excess fat. If too much fat builds up, or if certain genetic conditions are present, the fatty liver tissue can become inflamed and the liver cells can be damaged or destroyed. If the damage continues, it can lead to cirrhosis – permanent scarring of the liver, which progressively destroys the liver’s ability to function.
- Eat Well
Give your body a reboot by simply prioritizing foods that benefit the liver and gut, the body’s detoxification dream team. When the liver is working optimally, it can take toxins stored throughout your body, convert them into their water soluble form, and efficiently excrete them from your body. Foods like Beetroot, Blueberries, Coffee, Tea, green vegetables, nuts, etc., promote your liver’s health.
Your liver is an important organ with many essential functions. To know about Liver Cirrhosis and its treatment, get in touch with our expert (Dr. Milan Jolapara – MD DM (Interventional Neuroradiologist & Peripheral Vascular Interventionist), write to us on: [email protected]