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
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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.
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.