World Liver day is observed on the 19 April every year to spread awareness about the second largest organ in the body. The liver is the second largest and the most complex organ in the body, with the exception of the brain. Liver diseases can be caused by hepatitis A, B, C, alcohol and drugs. Viral Hepatitis occurs due to consumption of contaminated food and water, unsafe sexual practices and drug abuse.
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Why is the Liver important?
- Fights infections and illness
- Regulates blood sugar
- Removes toxic substances from the body
- Controls cholesterol levels
- Helps blood to clot
- Makes many of the body’s essential proteins
- Releases bile and aids in digestion
- Responsible for manufacturing cholesterol and triglycerides
- Breaks down medications and drugs, including alcohol
- Breaks down insulin and other hormones in the body