Liver is the largest organ in the body having wide range of functions. It will keep working even if badly damaged, and can continue to repair itself until it is severely damaged. Dr.V.Anantha Narayanan, Professor of Gastroenterology at Amritha Medical Institute, Kochi explains the diseases that affects the liver with particular focus on Cirrhosis.
The liver is the largest organ in the body and it is located in the right upper abdomen. It is a vital organ and has a wide range of functions. It helps digest food, stores energy and removes poisons. It has a major role in metabolism, including regulation of glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis especially albumin and proteins necessary for coagulation functions, production of certain hormones, and detoxification of toxic substances and their removal. Bile necessary for fat digestion is synthesised by the liver.
There are many kinds of liver diseases that affect these functions. Viruses can cause acute hepatitis; drugs and poisons can damage liver. Non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases due to overweight, lack of exercise, diabetes, etc., are causes affecting the liver.
(Read the full article in the August Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)