Your Liver Health
As the body’s second largest organ the liver performs a number of key functions related to digestion, metabolism, immunity and the processing of nutrients.
Everything we eat and drink, including medicine, passes through the liver so it is important to keep it healthy.
For people living with viral hepatitis, it is essential to look after the liver’s health.
A healthy lifestyle is important to the liver. Things like fat accumulation, hazardous alcohol use abuse, and some medications can cause damage to your liver. Your liver can be forgiving but it has its limits. So eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, and having only a little or no alcohol can have a positive impact on health and keep the liver in best shape possible.
Those living with hepatitis B and hepatitis C are at more risk of liver disease such as cirrhosis (scarring), liver cancer, and liver failure. Even people who feel well may need treatment. So monitoring the liver is very important. Regular check-ups with a GP and/or liver specialist help to keep an eye on how things are tracking, and assess if and when someone needs treatment. People should talk to their doctor about regular liver checks
A liver check-up usually involves a liver function test and other tests to measure how well the liver is working. These tests can be arranged by a GP or specialist. The check up may also include a FibroScan, or liver ultrasound - both are simple, easy and painless procedures. After a check-up, the healthcare professional can explain the results and discuss things which will assist in liver health.
Joining a support group or a health management course (online or in person) is another great way to find out about things that can be done to manage hepatitis and learn from others.
For more information on living well with hepatitis, go to Living Well with Hepatitis B and Living Well with Hepatitis C.