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Liver Health

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 the heavyweight in your body and one of the hardest working organs working “behind the scenes”. It is like a factory, it manufactures, stores, and processes anything that you put in your body, including food, alcohol, medicine, or toxins. It performs over 500 functions!

Your liver:

Filters the good stuff that your body can use, and gets rid of the things that are no use or are harmful (alcohol, toxins etc)

Makes and stores vitamins and minerals

Assists in hormone production which helps to regulate our mental health

Regulates your energy levels by storing and releasing sugars

Produces the building blocks your body needs to make cells

To keep your liver in tip-top shape, so it can do all the heavy lifting your body needs:

Eat a balanced diet

Exercise regularly

Use alcohol responsibly

Ask your GP for a hepatitis test

Have you checked in with your liver lately?

Weighing in at an average of 1.5kg, your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It fights infection and disease, cleans your blood, controls your energy levels, helps to regulate your mental health and many other essential functions.

To keep your liver in tip-top shape, so it can do all the heavy lifting your body needs, everyone is encouraged to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, use alcohol responsibly and get tested for hepatitis.

Queenslanders from all walks of life can have hepatitis B or hepatitis C but many are unaware they are even living with these viruses. Hepatitis B and C can cause permanent liver damage and increase the risk of liver disease and cancer.

The good news is there is a cure for hepatitis C with tablets taken daily for 8-12 weeks. Hepatitis B can be prevented with vaccination and treatment is available for those living with the virus.

Talk to your GP about a hepatitis and liver health check today so you can protect the hero inside you, or call Hepatitis Queensland on 1800 437 222.

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There are five main hepatitis viruses that can damage your liver: hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. The two most common types are hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Both can cause similar symptoms and if untreated can lead to more serious liver health problems such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.

The good news is there is a cure for hepatitis C and a vaccine for hepatitis B. While there is no cure for hepatitis B yet, there is treatment available to help manage the virus.

Talk to your GP about a hepatitis and liver health check today.

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