A Healthy Liver is Essential
With so many important functions, having a healthy liver is key to living well. If your liver is damaged, it affects almost your entire body, leading to poor health, or worse. ***

Common Liver Myths

Often what people think they know about the liver can be as dangerous to their health as what they don’t know. There are many preconceived notions, misconceptions and myths about liver disease. Knowing the facts and dispelling the harmful myths can be your key to a healthy life.

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Myth: Victims of liver disease are alcoholics.

FACT: Liver disease is not a disease specific to alcohol drinkers. There are more than 100 causes of liver disease. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a disease of the liver not associated with excessive or prolonged intake of alcohol is the most common cause of abnormal liver tests in the U.S. Certain groups of people are recognized as having an increased risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in particular, those who are obese, those who have diabetes and those with high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in their blood.

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Myth: Alcohol can damage the liver only when taken in excessive amount.

FACT: Alcohol is harmful to the liver so any amount can produce damage to the liver. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends moderate drinking and that means no more than one drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men (one drink equals one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits).

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Myth: Stopping alcohol intake when one has advanced liver disease already is useless.

FACT: Even in advanced liver disease, it is still beneficial to stop drinking alcohol. Studies showed that people with advanced liver disease (cirrhosis) who continue drinking have only 33% chance of surviving for 5 years compared to 65% of those who stopped.

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Myth: Fatty liver only affects fat people.

FACT: Thin people or those of average build can also get fatty liver. People can develop fatty liver even if they do not have health problems such as diabetes or obesity. Fatty liver is acquired without any relation to current built but rather from unhealthy lifestyle due to accumulation of fat deposit build-up in the liver cells.

* Demonstrated in 25 in vitro and 145 in vivo experiments with 43 different types of models and 8 different animal species Gundermann K-J. Pharmacol Rep 2011;63(3):643-59

** Liver Health Facts *** How the Liver Works # Todaysdietitian.com + Liverfoundation.org ^ Tips for Healthy Liver 

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