World Liver Day - 19 th April 2021-Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone

Liver means “To Live up.” Yes, that's right, the liver is the most important organ in our body that helps us to live in a healthy way. It's true that we cannot survive without the liver.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), liver disease is the 10 th most common cause of death in India. World Liver Day is observed on the 19 th of April every year which gives us an opportunity to build awareness and understand the importance of healthy functioning of the liver. The liver is a very important organ in the body and should be considered on par with the heart or brain. The liver is a key player organ in our digestive functioning in our body and helps with all the metabolic processes. Let’s not forget the important functions of the liver in our body like which helps with the metabolic activity of what we consume like food, carbs, proteins, fats, and even medicines all pass through the liver. 

The theme of World Liver Day - 19 th April 2021

The theme of World Liver Day this year is “Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone.“ The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed alarming figures how the pandemic COVID19 has affected the health of millions worldwide. This World Liver Day, the main idea is to ensure the highest standards of health for all people without any distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic and social condition. It is important to get this idea forwarded for the betterment of society especially for people who are dwelling in unhygienic conditions. It is important to take up this challenge to prevent infection and transmission of hepatitis and coronavirus. 

Liver damage does not show up early signs 

When the liver is not functioning well or damaged, it is very slow to complain, and it’s a very tough and hard part of the body when the liver damage does not show up any signs and symptoms. Often, people with liver problems are unaware as it does not show any visible signs and symptoms at an early stage. With current advancements and trending research, many treatments have come forward for a liver cure. But, it's important to build awareness about liver complications beforehand to avoid liver damage in the long run. It is important to get necessary vaccines against hepatitis infection which can cause liver disease in the future. 

Complications of the liver can be avoided 

Liver cancer today is the fifth most common cause leading to millions of deaths annually. The new developments and advancements in diagnosis and treatments have helped cure many patients. Regular health checkups are equally important and should be included by everyone in their routine health check-up. Screening should be done at an early stage to avoid any kind of problems pertaining to the liver. Daily monitoring of diet and lifestyle can help in long and healthy functioning of the liver. Active lifestyle and healthy diet should be given prime importance along with regular checking and screening of the body annually.  

Causes of liver damage 

Sedentary lifestyle  Increase in intake of fatty fried and junk food  Lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet  High intake of alcoholic drinks  Smoking  Erratic eating habits  Inherited or genetic causes relating to fatty liver Hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection  Abdominal pain or swelling (ascites) High BMI makes you more prone to diabetes  Thyroid disorder may lead to defective metabolism  Obesity symptoms  Increase or decrease in appetite  Nausea and vomiting  Generalized weakness of fatigue  Enlarged liver  Enlarged spleen  Indigestion  Sudden weight loss or weight gain  Fever or malaise 

#Tips to maintain healthy liver 

Adopt a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet  Eat healthy food which is low in calories and fats.  Include grains, proteins, vegetables, fats, green leafy vegetables, carrots, and beetroot in the diet  Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants that can help you in aging your liver.  Eat foods with a lot of fiber that aid in proper digestion.  Include healthy fats like nuts and seeds  Say “No” to alcohol, smoke, and drugs  Exercise regularly like brisk walking for 45 minutes daily  Drink clean and healthy water
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Dr. Rati Parwani

Dr Rati Parwani is a Practising Professional BHMS Doctor having experience of 8 years in the medical field. Her approach towards each and every patient is the utmost professional with high standards of practice. She has nurtured her writing skills and proves it as an asset to her professionalism. She has experience in content writing and likes her writing ethical and scientific-based.

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