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Harmful habits that are damaging your liver

Updated On Apr 19, 2022 08:34 PM IST
  • From eating too much sugar to not drinking enough water, an expert on harmful habits that you must get rid of to prevent your liver from damage.
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Taking your liver for granted can put you at risk of many illnesses. Liver helps in metabolism, digestion, removal of toxins, storage of nutrients among many other important functions. However, eating a calorie-laden or sugar-rich diet, taking pain killers regularly, leading a sedentary and high-stress lifestyle can cause damage to your liver and cause diseases from liver cancer, cirrhosis, to NAFLD. Dr. Gaurav Gupta, Consultant & Chief Surgeon, Dept. of Liver Transplant & HPB Surgery, Fortis Hospital Mulund on harmful habits you must avoid to prevent your liver from damage.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 08:34 PM IST

Taking your liver for granted can put you at risk of many illnesses. Liver helps in metabolism, digestion, removal of toxins, storage of nutrients among many other important functions. However, eating a calorie-laden or sugar-rich diet, taking pain killers regularly, leading a sedentary and high-stress lifestyle can cause damage to your liver and cause diseases from liver cancer, cirrhosis, to NAFLD. Dr. Gaurav Gupta, Consultant & Chief Surgeon, Dept. of Liver Transplant & HPB Surgery, Fortis Hospital Mulund on harmful habits you must avoid to prevent your liver from damage.(Unsplash)

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Eating junk food: Trans fats that are found in fast foods, processed, and pre-packaged ready-made foods is extremely dangerous for our liver health and can lead to increased blood sugar and fat deposits around the liver that eventually leads to cirrhosis or liver cell death.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 08:34 PM IST

Eating junk food: Trans fats that are found in fast foods, processed, and pre-packaged ready-made foods is extremely dangerous for our liver health and can lead to increased blood sugar and fat deposits around the liver that eventually leads to cirrhosis or liver cell death.(Unsplash)

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Eating too much sugar: Sugar is no less harmful to liver than alcohol. Eating sugar-laden food for a long time can lead to liver disease. To prevent this, it is best to consume sugar from natural sources like vegetables and fruits.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 08:34 PM IST

Eating too much sugar: Sugar is no less harmful to liver than alcohol. Eating sugar-laden food for a long time can lead to liver disease. To prevent this, it is best to consume sugar from natural sources like vegetables and fruits.(Unsplash)

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Painkillers and other drugs: Intake of painkillers, sleeping pills, stimulants, cocaine and marijuana can contribute in liver damage.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 08:34 PM IST

Painkillers and other drugs: Intake of painkillers, sleeping pills, stimulants, cocaine and marijuana can contribute in liver damage.(Unsplash)

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Leading a sedentary lifestyle: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), can be caused by physical inactivity and lack of exercise. Additionally, a sedentary lifestyle also increases the risks of having a fatty liver that can lead to a disease called Steatosis, or a build-up of lipids and carbohydrate reserves in the liver.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 08:34 PM IST

Leading a sedentary lifestyle: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), can be caused by physical inactivity and lack of exercise. Additionally, a sedentary lifestyle also increases the risks of having a fatty liver that can lead to a disease called Steatosis, or a build-up of lipids and carbohydrate reserves in the liver.(Unsplash)

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Stress: Stress is deeply connected to high cortisol levels, which can cause a lot of liver damage and induce NAFLD or Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Further, stress can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms that include alcohol intake, tobacco use, and poor diet, thereby adversely affecting the functioning of the liver.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 08:34 PM IST

Stress: Stress is deeply connected to high cortisol levels, which can cause a lot of liver damage and induce NAFLD or Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Further, stress can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms that include alcohol intake, tobacco use, and poor diet, thereby adversely affecting the functioning of the liver.(Unsplash)

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Not having enough water: Water can help flush out any waste from the human body. It prevents toxins from building up in the body and hurting the liver. Regular consumption of water makes blood thinner, making it easy for the liver to filter and remove any toxins.  (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 08:34 PM IST

Not having enough water: Water can help flush out any waste from the human body. It prevents toxins from building up in the body and hurting the liver. Regular consumption of water makes blood thinner, making it easy for the liver to filter and remove any toxins.  (Unsplash)

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