The liver is involved in the metabolism of nutrients such as the biosynthesis of proteins, sugars, vitamins and cholesterol in our body, produces bile that helps absorb nutrients in the intestine, and acts to neutralize harmful toxic substances.
However, the liver, which is called the silent organ, has very few nerve cells, so even if its function is reduced to less than half, there are many cases where no special abnormality appears. Therefore, even if liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer develop, the appropriate treatment time is often missed.
Therefore, it is important to detect liver disease early through regular health check-ups. Usually, to screen for liver disease, the levels of three liver enzymes AST, ALT, and rGTP are checked through blood tests. Usually, if these levels increase, chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, cirrhosis, liver cancer, etc. can be suspected. Determine whether or not there is a disease by looking at whether or not.
First of all, if the test results are high, the cause must be found. If a specific disease such as viral hepatitis raises the liver level, antiviral treatment may be required, and if the level rises due to excessive drinking, you should stop drinking alcohol. Relatively common liver diseases such as fatty liver may be the cause, but there are rare cases of liver disease, which requires detailed review. In addition, if you usually have pain in the upper right stomach, weight loss, indigestion, bloating, jaundice, etc., additional medical care is required.
Professor Lim Hyung-jun of the Department of Gastroenterology, Ansan Hospital, Korea University said, “To prevent liver disease, it is better to refrain from excessive drinking and ingesting unnecessary drugs and dietary supplements. He advised that it is important to check the test results for the presence of hepatitis antibodies in advance and to be vaccinated if necessary.”
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