HealthExpress News Wednesday January 22, 2014

Liver Health Q&A with Dr Hilary Jones & British Liver Trust

Join our Q&A with Dr Hilary here on 31st January 2014 from 1pm, just post your question about liver health in the comments section below.

Why is Liver Health Important?

How often do you think about your liver? For many people the answer will be never, despite the fact that it is the largest organ in your body and performs hundreds of functions. Your liver is essential for fighting infections, destroying 'poisons' (including alcohol), cleaning the blood and many other processes vital for healthy living.

With the media focusing on the effects that bad health habits have on your weight, heart and other organs, keeping your liver healthy can often be overlooked. The fact is, however, that without a healthy liver you could find yourself at risk of serious conditions such as fatty liver disease, cirrhosis or hepatitis.

Love Your Liver

The British Liver Trust is the UK's leading liver health charity. They aim to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy liver, and also support people who have been diagnosed with liver disease.

As part of their campaigning activities, the British Liver Trust has been running a 'Love Your Liver' roadshow across the UK for the past few years. The roadshows, supported by Morrisons and Eisberg alcohol-free wine, include a pop up clinic, where members of the public can learn more about liver health, and also have a Fibroscan to find out if they have any warning signs that may indicate liver disease.

"Currently in the UK more than 40 people a day die from liver disease; it is the UK's fifth biggest killer and continues to increase year on year. The main causes of liver disease are lifestyle related – alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis – and therefore preventable. The British Liver Trust aims to raise awareness of ways to maintain good liver health, prevention of liver disease and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

The Love Your Liver campaign raises awareness via the media and includes a two week roadshow that visits eight UK locations to provide liver health screening and ultrasound scanning by a local hepatologist. Anyone with an abnormal liver scan is given information and advice by the hepatologist and a letter informing their GP and suggesting referral to a specialist liver team. Currently more than 20% of those that have the scan are referred."

Andrew Langford,
Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust

How to Get Involved

This year we at HealthExpress wanted to support the campaign and help promote the Love Your Liver cause. On 31st January from 1pm we will be holding a live Q&A with Dr Hilary Jones, hosted here on our blog. This is a great opportunity for you to put your questions to Dr Hilary about liver health and related topics. He will also answer a selection of the questions that visitors to the roadshow have raised.

If you have a question for Dr Hilary, you can post it in the comments section below before 31st January, and check back for the answer either during the Q&A session or afterwards, as the answers will remain on our blog. Alternatively please join us at 1pm on the day to submit your question in the comments section and receive an immediate answer from Dr Hilary.

HealthExpress British Liver Trust Eisberg Morrisons

Written by Nicola Beckett.
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