Do you know “anything shop”? Are you the kind of person who can do different types of work and handle multiple challenges? liver. From saving, filtering, digesting to regenerating, we do it all. It is our personal security gate, the detoxification of our sinful pleasures, such as sugar and alcohol. International NASH Day, celebrated today, is a global effort to raise awareness about the silent epidemic that has continually ripped open the door to our personal safety. Read on to find out more about this and find out how to take care of your liver and live your best life.
What is NASH Day? And does it matter?
NASH stands for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. This is a liver symptom of a metabolic disorder and is the most severe form. nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is a condition in which fat accumulates in the liver of people who do not drink alcohol. Today, NAFLD is one of the fastest growing reasons for liver transplantation in many developed and developing countries.Also known as silent liver disease Because it can develop without causing overt symptoms, it is steadily becoming a leading cause of cirrhosis, liver transplantation, and mortality. Patients with NASH-related cirrhosis are at increased risk of end-stage liver disease, including loss of liver function (decompensation), liver failure, and liver disease. hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer). They also have an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and cancers other than the liver.
The best and only way for us to get over this problem is to have a clear understanding of it, modify our lifestyle and ensure we get the right tests at the right time. If you want to know more, read on.
Beyond Alcohol: What Causes NAFLD?
my liver hurts Alcohol may not be the only culprit. Many people don’t realize that improper lifestyles and diets such as processed sugar can be almost as damaging as alcohol. Of the group of more than 300,000 people who underwent health screenings at Apollo Hospital last year, 23% were found to have: fatty liver condition. He found that three-quarters of these people had no history of alcohol consumption, indicating that factors other than alcohol consumption significantly contributed to the disease.
The global prevalence of NAFLD is estimated to be approximately 25% (22% to 28%), while the prevalence in Asia is approximately 27% (22% to 32%). However, the trend was even higher in India, where prevalence rates in adults ranged from 32% to 46% and prevalence rates in children ranged from 18% to 54%. The main causes of his NAFLD in India are metabolic risk factors associated with an inactive lifestyle and high intake of carbohydrates and fats.
Recognize early signs of NAFLD
- weight and belly fat
People who say Overweight Increased risk of NAFLD.In the Indian context, if BMI > 23 or waist circumference >80cm for women or >90cm Appropriate preventive examinations should be taken frequently by men to prevent this disease.
Diabetes increases the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. At least half of the people living together type 2 diabetes If you have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, you should also have your blood sugar tested for fatty liver.
Dyslipidemia (high cholesterol) has long been associated with irregular liver function. Therefore, if recently diagnosed, high cholesterolget tested for fatty liver immediately.
Studies have shown an increased risk of: high blood pressure For those who suffer from NAFLD. One particular study found that people with NAFLD were three times more likely to have high blood pressure than people without the disease. Regularly monitoring your blood pressure can help identify potential heart health problems.
- right upper quadrant pain
It is unlikely to appear early in liver damage, but may be the most obvious sign of liver strain. If you have regular pain in the right upper quadrant, it is recommended that you see a doctor as soon as possible.
Fatigue and weakness are symptoms of various conditions. However, if you feel tired and weak in addition to the above symptoms, poor liver health may be to blame.
If you feel hungry all the time or crave sugar regularly, it can be an early sign of liver damage. Although it is preferable to stop binge eating, it may also be important to check your liver health to assess whether it is contributing.
Diagnosis: the right test at the right time
There are several tests available to help you understand your liver health at various stages, but the most important tests we recommend for everyone are: abdominal ultrasound.Secondary tests are liver enzymes and Liver function blood test. Liver function blood tests alone are not sufficient to diagnose fatty liver. Our bodies are so resilient that the liver continues to find ways to function normally even in the early stages of fatty liver disease. Therefore, only liver enzymes are tested, ultrasound Testing may not detect this condition early. Health screenings performed at Apollo showed that the majority of ultrasound-diagnosed fatty liver cases (nearly 60%) were grade I for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease and were treated early. and even give you a chance to restore your condition.
Fibroscan is another advanced diagnostic solution for detecting fatty liver. This is an enhanced form of ultrasound that measures the stiffness of the liver, which indicates fibrosis and scarring. Early diagnosis of significant fibrosis is very important as it allows identifying patients at risk of severe liver disease and administering appropriate treatment to prevent further damage. However, this scan is best done as recommended by your doctor.
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Prevention: A Daily Guide to Love Your Liver
Although there are now advanced treatments and highly skilled doctors, prevention should always be the first priority. Appropriate lifestyle changes can not only prevent NAFLD from getting worse, but can even reverse the condition.
- be careful what you eat.Stick to a high-protein, low-carb diet
- Assess your BMI.If obese or overweight, try to lose weight
- Understand the associated risks. control diabetes, lower cholesterol, Neutral fat
- Avoid alcohol or try to drink only within recommended “safe limits”.
- Increase physical activity. At least five days a week it is recommended that he does 30 minutes of exercise.
- Don’t be too busy to have a health checkup. Understand your genetic predisposition, get regular health checks, see a liver specialist to assess your risk, and get appropriate treatment.
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At Apollo, we believe that each of us deserves a fully personalized wellness program. Today’s general health check-up provides a list of blood tests, which, while important, are far from sufficient to determine what’s really going on in your body. For example, for fatty liver, just doing an LFT blood test is not enough. We need to understand everyone’s health and tailor screening tests to suit them. Apollo ProHealth does just that.
Apollo’s ProHealth program is a personalized, proactive wellness program that combines predictive risk analysis, physician-selected health packages, state-of-the-art diagnostics with expert assessments, and a personalized pathway to wellness. Yes, it’s designed to bring about positive change and make you healthier. This wellness program builds on Apollo’s nearly 40 years of pioneering work in preventive medicine and his more than 22 million checkups.
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