By Dr. Gail Barouh
The liver is the largest gland in the human body and it acts as our filter, carrying on many complex functions such as manufacturing plasma proteins, storing carbohydrates, and detoxifying drugs and toxins as well as metabolizing fats and forming bile. If your liver fails, you can’t live for very long so maintaining a healthy liver is vital which is why they have named October “Liver Awareness Month,” and although the month is almost over, it’s never too late to focus on keeping your liver healthy.
Hepatitis C (Hep C) is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hep C virus. It can cause liver damage, cirrhosis and even death. Earlier this year the CDC recommended all adults born between 1945 and 1965 (“Baby-boomers”) are tested for Hep C since they are 5 times more likely to be infected than the general population. It is hoped that Liver Awareness Month will help raise awareness since many people with Hep C don’t even know they have it until it’s too late. Early detection through testing greatly improves a patient’s prognosis since there are new medications virtually eliminate the detection of the virus from the blood. Early treatment increases the effectiveness of these medications.
Whether you are a Baby boomer or not, if you want to arrange a free Hep C test call the LIAAC hotline at 1-877-865-4222. There’s no better way to celebrate Liver Awareness Month!