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Give your liver some love this January

NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking local patients to think about looking after their liver this January for national Love Your Liver month.  Liver disease is increasing in the UK with one in five people at risk of liver disease - which is the fifth largest cause of death.

Drinking alcohol can increase your risk of developing liver disease and the new year is a great time to make those resolutions.  To help you stick to your new year’s resolutions, it’s important to remember that it’s often the small changes that can make the biggest differences.

The liver is the largest organ inside our body and carries out 500 vital functions daily, including processing most of the nutrients and fats in the foods that we eat.  There are several steps that we can all take to ensure that our livers are kept healthy, these include:

•           Drinking water throughout the day

•           Eating a healthy balanced diet, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables

•           Reducing portion sizes for your main meals

•           Cutting down on your fat and sugar intake

•           Simple regular exercise, such as a short walk

Too much alcohol can cause it serious and lasting damage.  Try either drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol per week or taking three days off alcohol each week to give your liver chance to repair itself.

Doug Middleton, Chief Operating Officer NHS Solihull CCG, said:

“We would encourage all our patients to give some thought to liver health this January.  Just taking small steps such as reducing alcohol or eating healthily can really help your liver.” 

For more helpful information on eating healthily or exercising more, visit the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/