Look after your liver

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Look after your liver

NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking people in Northamptonshire to think about looking after their liver this January for national Love Your Liver month.

The Love Your Liver campaign is a national awareness initiative about liver health by the British Liver Trust – the UK charity for adults with liver conditions.

Liver disease is increasing in the UK with one in five people at risk of liver disease – which is the fifth largest cause of death.

The liver is the largest organ inside our body and carries out 500 vital functions daily, including processing most of the nutrients and fats in the foods that we eat.

There are several steps that we can all take to ensure that our livers are kept healthy, these include:

•    Drinking water throughout the day
•    Eating a healthy balanced diet, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
•    Reducing portion sizes for your main meals
•    Cutting down on your fat and sugar intake
•    Simple regular exercise, such as a short walk

Too much alcohol can cause it serious and lasting damage.  People should try either drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol per week or taking three days off alcohol each week to give their liver chance to repair itself.

Dr Matthew Davies, Medical Director at NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We would encourage all our patients to give some thought to liver health this January.  Just taking small steps such as reducing alcohol or eating healthily can really help your liver.”

For more information on the love your liver campaign visit https://loveyourliver.org.uk/, where people can take an online Love Your Liver health screener to assess the risks to their liver health.

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