Get Smart About Your Liver - Sample Article
Get Smart About Your Liver – Sample Article
Use this liver health article in your next newsletter or on your website to help share the importance about liver health.
‘Get Smart’ About Liver Health This July
Liver disease is on the rise in Queensland with up to 1 in 5 people living with fatty liver disease and 1 in 100 living with viral hepatitis.
This July, in support of World Hepatitis Day (28 July), Hepatitis Queensland is encouraging all Queenslanders to ‘Get Smart’ about their liver health.
Anyone can get liver disease and most people do not know they have it. 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. As well as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and drinking alcohol responsibly, Queenslanders can see their GP for a liver check and hepatitis test.
Because there are often no symptoms, those with hepatitis B and C can live for many years without realising they have the virus, unaware of the damage being caused to their liver.
By 2030 we have the opportunity to virtually eliminate hepatitis with highly effective treatments that can cure or slow the disease before it leads to more serious problems caused by liver inflammation.
Simple treatments can cure hepatitis C in 95 per cent of patients with little to no side-effects. Hepatitis B can be prevented through vaccination or managed long-term with monitoring and treatment that can slow the virus.
Join the urgent mission this World Hepatitis Day, visit www.liversmart.com.auto ‘Get Smart’ about liver health.
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