Come on, Complete the Myths and Facts of Liver Disease!

In developing countries, including Indonesia, the number of patients with liver disease is relatively high. Unfortunately, most people don't know about the disease that attacks this one organ. In fact, not a few are also consumed by myths so that they misunderstand the risks and treatment of liver disease. Therefore, let's thoroughly peel the myths and facts of liver disease.

  1. Myth : Liver disease only affects alcohol drinkers and drug users.
    Fact : Many people with liver disease are children or people who don't drink alcohol or use drugs.
  2. Myth : Liver disease will not cause complications
    Fact : Liver disease or liver disease can cause complications of other diseases in the body. When the liver begins to fail, other organs are affected. If liver disease is not treated immediately it will be dangerous for the body.
    One of the common complications that arise is kidney failure. If the liver function is not functioning properly, the kidneys will work harder and have difficulty filtering toxins in the body. Not only that, the body will also be more susceptible to infection. Especially respiratory and urinary tract infections.
  3. Myth : Liver disease is a disease that is difficult to prevent
    Fact : Liver health can and needs to be maintained properly. Avoid bad habits that can make the quality of the liver decrease, such as smoking or consuming alcohol. Adopt a healthy lifestyle, such as exercising regularly and eating a balanced nutritional diet.
  4. Myth : Obesity has nothing to do with liver disease. Maintaining weight can prevent liver disease
    Fact : Obesity increases a person's chances of developing liver disease. This is due to the high fat content in the body which makes liver function decrease. There are various ways you can do to prevent liver disease, one of which is to maintain your body weight and exercise diligently.

Those are the myths and facts about liver disease that we need to understand in order to be more alert and more responsive to getting treatment. Immediately consult yourself at a trusted hospital if you feel some of the symptoms of liver disease such as: nausea, vomiting, decreased sexual desire, decreased appetite, dark urine and stool color, yellowish skin and eyes.

Article written by Dr. dr. Nella Suhuyanly, Sp.PD - KGEH, FINASIM (Internal Medicine Specialist - Gastro Entero Hepatology Consultant at EMC Alam Sutera Hospital).