LIVER FUNCTION TESTS

UNDERSTANDING YOUR LIVER

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  1. LIVER AND ITS FUNCTIONS

Liver is an organ that lies on the right side of the abdominal cavity. It performs many functions that include synthesising proteins, synthesizing blood coagulation factors, processing foods and detoxification. It also plays a role in the metabolism of glucose

  1. MAINTAINING A HEALTHY LIVER

To maintain a healthy liver one has to follow the middle path and live a balanced life style. :

Meals should be eaten at regular intervals and should include carbohydrates, proteins, fruits, all kinds of vegetables and water. High-fibre foods   should be preferred along with high quantity of proteins. The proteins may be low-fat or fat-free dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, plant-based proteins that include beans, legumes, and lentils. Eating nuts and flax seed is advisable and the avoiding high amount of fats and Tran’s fats is recommended. Besides avoiding high sugary and salty foods Alcohol should be avoided. All supplements and herbal medicines should also not be eaten blindly

Maintaining a healthy  weight  and exercising regularly also helps in keeping the liver healthy People who are overweight and obese  have fatty liver  and this can eventually lead to fibrosis and scarring of the liver and years later can cause cirrhosis ..

  1. SYMPTOMS OF ABNORMAL LIVER FUNCTIONS

People with sluggish livers feel chronically fatigued, may have decreased appetite, nausea and vomiting . Yellowish discolouration of the skin and may pass yellow coloured urine

  1. WHAT TESTS CAN I DO TO ASCESS LIVER FUNCTIONS

The tests that can assesses the liver are known as the LIVER FUNCTION TESTS . These tests include.

SERUM BILIRUBIN

SGOT

SGPT

SAP

GAMMA –GT

PROTEIN

ALBUMIN

PROTHROMBIN TIME

  1. VIRAL DISEASES OF THE LIVER

All viral illnesses can affect the liver temporarily   , but the most important of these are

Hepatitis A virus,

Hepatitis B virus

Hepatitis c Virus

Hepatitis E virus

And Delta Virus

Hepatitis B, C and Delta are transmitted through blood, sexually transmitted, and transmitted in drug users by use of common unsterile syringes

Hepatitis A and E are transmitted through the Feco-oral route

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