HealthExpress News Tuesday May 13, 2014

Love Your Liver Q&A Video With Dr Hilary Jones: Part 5

In part 5 of our liver health Q&A video series, Dr Hilary Jones discusses the ability of the liver to repair itself.

The liver is the most complex organ in the body aside from the brain. It's functions include filtering the blood, aiding with digestion, regulating blood sugar and cholesterol and helping to fight infection. The liver is very resilient and can regenerate itself to some extent. For example, when you drink alcohol, filtering this out of your blood causes some liver cells to die. The liver can replace these with new cells, but heavy drinking over a prolonged period of time can reduce the liver's ability to regenerate, leading to liver damage.

Watch the video below for Dr Hilary's answer to the following question:

Q: I've heard that the liver can repair itself. I know this doesn't mean that damaging it is ok but does it mean you can recover from liver disease?

Dr Hilary: Well, alcohol can lead to difference stages of alcoholic liver disease. Whilst it's true that the liver is one of the few organs in the body in which the cells can recover, there still comes a time when recovery may not be achievable…

Found this video useful? You can watch the previous parts by clicking on the links below.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

These questions were submitted by members of the public during the 'Love your Liver' Q&A we held in January, in association with the British Liver Trust. For more information on keeping your liver healthy, you can visit their website.

Written by Nicola Beckett.

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