Smorgasbord Health Column – The Digestive system – Part Four – Liver diseases.

Our liver is the guardian of our health, but we tend to overlook its importance as we cannot see it. Taking care of it is not difficult – its needs are simple – Quality fresh produce and fluids, moderate intake of toxins including alcohol and sugar. The liver can also regenerate provided it has not suffered scarring. Find out more in the post.

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Last time I looked at the structure and basic function of the liver and in this post I want to cover some of the conditions that can effect this major organ.

Because the liver is such a complex organ there are over 100 diseases that can affect its health.

We tend to associate liver damage with conditions resulting from drinking to much, such as alcoholic hepatitis or the viral infections, Hepatitis A and the more dangerous serum Hepatitis B.

Hep A is transmitted from contaminated food and water, and Hep B from sexual contact, infected needles or contaminated blood products. Some diseases of the liver are hereditary and are usually diagnosed in a baby or young toddler. These include Alagille syndrome, Alpha 1-Antitrypsin deficiency, autoimmune hepatitis, the result of an abnormal immune system at birth, Galactosemia, Wilson’s disease – the abnormal storage of copper – and Haemochromatosis – the abnormal…

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