Response to COVID-19
Liver Health Connection is modifying services for the health and safety of our clients, staff, and community. Due to Colorado's statewide stay at home order issued by Governor Jared Polis, we have cancelled our outreach and in-office hepatitis C/HIV testing, education, and events until April 30, 2020 . However, our staff are working remotely to support you through this difficult time.
Please call our HelpLine at 800-522-4372 or email us at email@example.com. Due to working remotely, we will not be able to check faxes for referrals. Please email referrals to our Patient Navigator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to follow guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and notify you as soon as we resume testing, education, and events.
Thank you for your patience and please take good care.
Why is the Liver Important?
"A healthy liver is the one organ in the adult body that, if chopped down to a fraction of its initial size, will rapidly regenerate and perform as if brand-new. Which is a lucky thing, for the liver’s to-do list is second only to that of the brain and numbers well over 300 items, including systematically reworking the food we eat into usable building blocks for our cells; neutralizing the many potentially harmful substances that we incidentally or deliberately ingest; generating a vast pharmacopoeia of hormones, enzymes, clotting factors and immune molecules; controlling blood chemistry; and really, we’re just getting started."
by Natalie Angier, The New York Times
Liver Disease impacts Millions of People in the U.S.
There are many causes of liver disease. A few of the most common causes include:
Hepatitis C is a virus that is transmitted through blood.
Approximately 3.5 million people in the US are living with chronic hepatitis C infection and most don't know it.
Hepatitis B is a virus that is transmitted through blood and sexual fluids.
Approximately 2.2 million people in the US are living with chronic hepatitis B infection and most don't know it.
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) &
Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
NAFLD is to an high accumulation of fat on the liver and impacts at least 80 million people in the US. When NAFLD leads to liver inflammation, it is called NASH which impacts 30 million people in the US.
Multiple factors are related to the develop of NAFLD including high-calorie diets, Type 2 Diabetes, and insufficient physical activity.
While overall cancer rates are decreasing, liver cancer is on the rise.
NAFLD increases a person's risk of developing liver cancer by more than 90%.
65% of liver cancer cases in the US are related to a hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection.
Call our HelpLine - 1 (800) 522-4372
Call our national HelpLine if you have questions about liver health, viral hepatitis or other diseases impacting the liver.
What does Liver Health Connection do for the community?
The mission of Liver Health Connection is to promote liver health, provide education, and support and advocate on behalf of those affected by liver disease.