Protecting Your Liver: Understanding the Importance of World Liver Day

By Dr. Pallavi Garg in Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Endoscopy

Apr 19 , 2023 | 2 min read

World Liver Day is an international observance held annually on April 19th. The day is observed to increase awareness about liver health. The idea is to focus on educating people about the early detection, prevention, and timely management of various liver diseases.

The liver is the largest internal organ of the human body and performs various vital functions. It processes nutrients from food, produces bile to help digest fats, removes toxins from the bloodstream, and stores energy in the form of glycogen. The liver also helps to regulate the levels of hormones and chemicals in the body.

Unfortunately, liver diseases are on the rise globally. According to the World Health Organization, liver diseases caused over 1.3 million deaths worldwide in 2015. Some of the most common liver diseases include hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. It can have a significant impact on an individual's quality of life, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, jaundice, and abdominal pain.

World Liver Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy liver and preventing liver diseases. The day provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals, organisations, and individuals to come together and share information about liver health.

Healthy Liver Mantras

  • Maintaining a healthy weightObesity is a risk factor for liver diseases such as fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise can help maintain a healthy weight. 

  • Avoiding alcohol: Drinking too much alcohol can cause damage to the liver, leading to conditions such as alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis. It is important to limit alcohol intake or avoid it altogether.

  • Getting vaccinated: Vaccines are available for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Getting vaccinated can help prevent these infections and protect the liver.

  • Practising safe sex: Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can be transmitted through sexual contact. Practising safe sex can prevent the spread of these infections.

  • Avoiding over-the-counter medicines: Exposure to drugs and toxins can damage the liver leading to liver failure. Hence avoid such practices.

  • Regular Health Checkup: We all should follow and practice "prevention is better than cure". This is the best "mantra" to keep away from illnesses and stay healthy, happy, and carefree.

In conclusion, World Liver Day serves as a reminder to maintain a healthy liver and prevent liver ailments. By taking proactive steps to protect the liver, individuals can improve their overall health and well-being. It is important to stay informed about liver health and to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms or concerns about your liver.