World Liver Day: History, Details, Significance

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Feb 24, 2022, 9:14

Every year on April 19, World Liver Day is observed to raise awareness of liver-related disorders and diseases. 'Keep your liver healthy and disease-free this year' is the theme of 2021 World Liver Day.

About the Liver

The Liver is the body's second-largest organ. After the brain, it is also the body's second most complicated organ. It serves several essential activities in the body, including digestion, immunity, metabolism, and nutrient storage.

Functions of the Liver:

The Liver is responsible for several tasks, including:

  • The organ is known to fight any sickness and infections that might affect the body
  • The Liver also controls the blood sugar levels in the body
  • The Liver helps you get rid of all the toxins from your body.
  • It is also responsible for maintaining cholesterol levels in the body.
  • The Liver also aids in the clotting of blood by thickening it.
  • The Liver secretes a liquid known as bile juice. The liquid is responsible for breaking down fats and aids in digestion.

Until the disease has progressed to the point where the Liver has been destroyed, there are no evident indications or symptoms. Loss of appetite, weight loss, and jaundice are common symptoms displayed when the Liver starts to fail or has some issue with it.

Common Liver Diseases:

Any disorder that affects the Liver and prevents it from working is typically referred to as cirrhosis. The following are some of the most frequent liver diseases:

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a type of liver disease that
  • Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B are two different types of hepatitis.
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver is a disease that affects the Liver.
  • Hepatitis caused by alcoholism
  • Hepatitis A is a virus that causes liver disease.

Cirrhosis of the Liver is the most prevalent chronic liver disease, and it occurs when diseased tissue replaces healthy liver tissue over time due to significant liver damage.

Nearly a third of people with liver cirrhosis are asymptomatic. According to estimates, cirrhosis of the Liver is expected to become the 12th most significant cause of death by 2020.

Overconsumption of alcohol causes this most frequent liver illness. If you drink too much alcohol and overload your Liver, the excess alcohol will circulate in your blood. As a result, our organs such as the brain and heart are affected, increasing drunkenness. The following are the consequences of persistent alcohol abuse:

  • Liver cells are destroyed.
  • The Liver becomes fatty.
  • Inflammation of the Liver
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver is irreversible
  • Cancer of the Liver

Hepatitis refers to the inflammation of the Liver. Hepatitis is classified into five categories based on the virus that causes it. Ingestion of infected food/water causes Hepatitis A and E, while transmission/exposure to infective bodily fluids, blood, and sperm cause Hepatitis B, C, and D.

Liver Cleansing Tips:

  • Olive oil is beneficial to one's health.
  • Garlic, green leafy vegetables, apples, and carrots are all beneficial.
  • Green tea and lemon juice is good for the liver
  • Grains, such as millet, are preferred.
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and cauliflower should be added.
  • Turmeric with food will be beneficial.
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FAQs About World Liver Day

  • When is World Liver Day celebrated?

World Liver Day is celebrated on April 19 every year.

  • What was the theme of World Liver Day in 2021?

The theme for 2021 was “Hepatitis can’t wait". The theme emerged from an urgent need to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat.

  • Which organ is the second largest organ of the body?

The Liver is the second largest organ of the body.