March 24, 2009

LIVERight: March is Liver Health Month

Which of the following activities can take a toll on your liver health?

  1. Eating fast food
  2. Cleaning the house
  3. Killing weeds in the garden/lawn
  4. All of the above

The answer is D: All of the above. Everything you consume, rub on your skin or breathe in affects your liver. One in every ten Canadians suffers from some form of liver disease. The good news is that many liver diseases are preventable.

March is liver health month and the Canadian Liver Foundation is challenging all Canadians to LIVERight. 

Learn more about how you can prevent liver disease

Find out about awareness activities in your community

About the Liver

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It is located on the right side of the abdomen behind the lower ribs and below the lungs. The liver performs over 400 functions each day to keep people healthy, including:

  • Converting food into nutrients the body can use

  • Storing fats, sugars, iron and vitamins for later use by the body

  • Making proteins the body needs for normal blood clotting

  • Removing and chemically changing drugs, alcohol, and other substances that may be harmful or toxic to the body

There are over 100 known types of liver disease that affect everyone from newborn babies to older adults. A common stereotype that still exists today is that alcohol or drugs are the leading cause of liver disease. The truth is that genetics, viruses, diet, autoimmune disorders, medication and industrial chemicals can all cause liver disease.

More facts about liver disease

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