Learn to ‘love your liver’

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Health chiefs at NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group are supporting a campaign by the British Liver Trust to raise awareness of the three steps to a healthy liver.

The Love Your Liver campaign aims to reduce the number of people affected by liver disease by making the public aware of the risks from alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis.

As part of the campaign, which runs throughout January, an app has been developed along with an online health test to help the public reduce their alcohol intake and assess risk factors specific to them.

Dr Avi Bhatia, chair of NHS Erewash CCG, said: “Love Your Liver is a great campaign to support as it raises awareness and gives people a better understanding of the three main risk factors in liver disease. It’s particularly important at this time of year after the indulgence of the Christmas and New Year period.

“The main concern is that the symptoms of liver disease often develop silently, so it is important for us all to take steps to reduce our alcohol intake and work towards a healthy lifestyle to help minimise the risk of liver disease.

“Liver disease is preventable and good liver health can be maintained by cutting out alcohol for two or three days in a row in a week, keeping below recommended levels of intake, eating a healthy diet and taking more exercise. Reducing the risk of infection through viral hepatitis can be achieved by practicing safe sex, maintaining good hygiene and getting the right vaccinations when travelling to certain parts of the world.”

Between the years 2001 and 2012, figures show that the number of people who died with an underlying cause of liver disease in England increased by 40 per cent from 7,841 to 10,948.

More information can be found at loveyourliver.org.uk