Why You Should Start Protecting Your Liver Today

Known as a “silent organ”, the liver typically does not produce any worrying symptoms before it is severely damaged. Due to limited nerves around the organ, pain or symptoms won’t emerge until the advanced stages of liver disease, which by then may already be too late.

According to articles by American Liver Foundation(1) and The Korea Times(2), liver is characterised as the silent organ because it can be damaged up to 70 to 80 percent without sending signals or symptoms. Hence, many people live with liver disease for a long time without ever knowing it.

Many forms of liver disease are preventable, and many more if detected early can be treated effectively(1).

If you begin to notice some of the early indicators below, it is recommended for you to do routine medical check-ups to ensure your liver is functioning optimally.

Early Indicators Poor Liver Health
  • Skin and eye conditions: Yellow discolouration on skin and eyes; dark circles under eyes; skin pigmentation; dull and itchy skin
  • Sleep disorders: Insomnia; prone to waking up in the middle of the night
  • Digestive issues: Loss of appetite; nausea/vomiting
  • Easily angered, frustrated/depressed, prone to mood swings
  • Memory decline
  • Body odour and bad breath
  • Oily hair and hair loss

Routine medical check-ups either a blood test or ultrasound is essential to ensure you do not miss out on signs that could lead to advanced indicators. Usually if you have advanced indicators as stated below, you are probably already in late stages of liver disease.

Advanced Indicators of Failing Liver
  • Dark-coloured urine
  • Constipation/black tarry stools due to internal bleeding
  • Swelling in legs, ankles and feet due to build-up of fluid (oedema)
  • Chronic pain on upper right abdominal, swelling in your abdomen due to a build-up of fluid known as ascites
  • A tendency to bleed and bruise more easily, such as frequent nosebleeds and bleeding gums
  • Vitamin deficiency symptoms such as glossitis, angular cheilitis, skin ecchymosis, etc
  • Increased sensitivity to alcohol and drugs (because the liver is too weak to process)

References:

(1) http://www.liverfoundation.org/liverawarenessmonth2016/

(2) http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2016/10/135_122689.html

A Common Liver Condition: Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Unbeknownst to many, not all liver disease are caused by excessive intake of alcohol. In fact, one of the most common liver disease is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) which develops in people who drink little or not even a drinker.

As the liver usually does not present any obvious symptoms, it is important to know if you are at risk of NAFLD. Some risk factors associated with NAFLD include:

  • being overweight/obese (BMI ≥23 kg/m2) [Body Mass Index (BMI) = Weight (kg) ÷ [Height X Height] (m2)]
  • diabetes/insulin resistant
  • high cholesterol/triglyceride levels
  • has metabolic syndrome (a combination of high blood pressure, high blood glucose, high cholesterol/triglyceride and abdominal obesity) that increases the risk for getting heart disease, stroke and diabetes

In general, overweight/obese people tend to have a higher risk of getting NAFLD due to excess storage of fat in the body. According to a recent study by Loomis AK et al (2016), there is approximately 5- to 9-fold higher risk for individual with obesity (BMI ≥ 30.0 kg/m2), as compared with individual with normal BMI (18.5 – 24.99 kg/m2).

For many years, fatty liver was assumed to be uncommon among Asians as they typically have a low prevalence of obesity. But, this assumption has since been shown inaccurate. Recent data provided by the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015 found that overweight and obese Malaysians have both increased 0.9 million just within a four-year duration (from year 2011-2015)! This alarming situation may also have caused the prevalence of NAFLD to increase drastically.

As the liver diseases can come unannounced, you must be vigilant when it comes to your liver health. Start taking better care of yourself by having a well-balanced diet – consume wholesome foods and supplements that contribute to liver health. For instance, you may consider taking Hoganbo HD-1, a natural supplement that offers liver boosting benefits without any side effects. It is also advisable to limit alcohol intake to reduce burden on your liver. Additionally, manage stress by taking it easy, relaxing or talking to your loved ones.

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