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World Liver Day  Early detection key to prevent liver diseases: Doc 

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Ahead of World Liver Day on April 19, Dr.R.V.Raghavendra Rao, the Surgical Gastroenterologist  stressed on early detection in order to prevent the disease.
“Recognising the crucial importance of liver health every year on April 19, people around the globe come together to observe World Liver Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about liver-related diseases and advocating for better liver health. The liver, often referred to as the body’s work horse, plays a vital role in various bodily functions, including metabolism, digestion, detoxification, and nutrient storage. However, despite its significance, liver diseases continue to pose a significant public health challenge worldwide,” Rao explained.
“Liver diseases encompass a wide range of conditions, including viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and autoimmune liver disorders. These diseases can be caused by various factors, including viral infections, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, unhealthy diet, genetic predisposition, and exposure to toxins. Alarmingly, liver diseases are on the rise globally, with millions of people affected each year.
One of the primary objectives of World Liver Day is to promote early detection and diagnosis of liver diseases. Timely screening and detection can significantly improve treatment outcomes and prevent the progression of liver damage,” he added.
“Regular health check-ups, including liver function tests and imaging studies, are essential for identifying liver abnormalities at an early stage when interventions are most effective. Furthermore, raising awareness about the risk factors associated with liver diseases is crucial for prevention. Lifestyle modifications, such as maintaining a healthy weight, adopting a balanced diet, limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding illicit drug use, and practicing safe sex, can significantly reduce the risk of developing liver-related disorders. Vaccination against hepatitis B and screening for hepatitis C are also important preventive measures,” the doctor stressed.
Rao further stressed on access to healthcare services, affordable medications, vaccination programs, and public health initiatives are essential components of a comprehensive strategy to combat liver diseases. Governments, healthcare providers, advocacy organisations, and the private sector must collaborate to implement policies and programs that promote liver health and address health disparities.

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