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Why get liver smart?
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?
Top risk factors for liver disease include:
- Metabolic syndrome
- Older age
- Heavy alcohol use
- Hepatitis B and 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.
How to look after your liver
To keep your liver in tip-top shape, so it can do all the heavy lifting your body needs:
Get a liver health and hepatitis check
Liver health and hepatitis
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.
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