Monday, August 1, 2011
The liver is a resilient, maintenance-free organ that' is easy to ignore - until something goes wrong. Because of its wide-ranging responsibilities, the liver’s smooth functioning is often disturbed by viruses, toxic substances (including alcohol), contaminants and disease. Even when there is a serious, fatal problem with the liver, it manages to function without much problems. Often, people with liver problems will be completely unaware because they may have very few symptoms. The liver is such a stalwart organ that it will continue working even when two thirds of it has been damaged by scarring (cirrhosis).
It is important to take steps to prevent liver disease, such as making healthy lifestyle choices and getting immunized against viruses that can cause liver disease. Today, there have been major advances in treating liver diseases and it is essential to understand liver symptoms at the very beginning and realize that there are experts available to treat all kinds of liver disorders.