About the liver
Weighing in at an average of 1.5kg, the liver is the largest organ inside your body making liver health incredibly important. It can be found in the upper right side of your abdomen, beneath the diaphragm and above your stomach.
The liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body. It works “behind the scenes”, performing over 500 functions. It is like a factory; it manufactures, stores, and processes anything you put in your body, including food, alcohol, medicine, or toxins.
More videos about the liver
- What does the liver do? TED-Ed Animation
Liver disease is on the rise with around 1 million Queenslanders living with liver disease and 1 in 100 living with viral hepatitis.
Who’s at risk of liver disease
Top risk factors for liver disease include:
- Metabolic syndrome
- Older age
- Heavy alcohol use
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
Left untreated, liver disease can lead to permanent liver damage such as cirrhosis or liver cancer. The good news is simple lifestyle behaviours can reduce the risk of serious liver disease.
To keep your liver in tip-top shape, so it can do all the heavy lifting your body needs: