It’s easy to forget about your liver as it quietly does its job every day. Most people are unaware of the importance of liver health and how you can check on the important organ. That’s why Liver Health Matters, a month-long initiative, was created.
The liver is located on your right side, midway between your waist and arm pit. It’s the largest organ in our bodies and serves many important functions – filtering out toxins, metabolizing our food to help with digestion and storing vitamins.
According to the American Liver Foundation, there are more than 100 different types of liver disease, which can be caused by many different factors such as viruses, genetics, autoimmune disease, excessive use of alcohol, poor diet or obesity and reactions to medications or chemicals. Early detection with liver disease is key because your liver is able to regenerate and repair itself with a well-managed treatment plan.
If you want to learn more about preventing liver disease, speak to your family medicine doctor. You can schedule an appointment at Plymouth Primary Care & Clinic online or by calling 252-793-4500.