Marked every year on April 19th, World Liver Day is observed globally to spread awareness of liver related diseases as it is a key player in our body’s digestive system and can be easily damaged if not taken care of properly. The liver is the largest internal organ that sits under our right ribs just below the right lung and not only removes toxins and other chemical waste from the blood but is also responsible for continuously filtering the blood that circulates through the body and converting absorbed nutrients and drugs . digestive tract into ready-to-use chemicals.
To date, more than 500 functions have been attributed to the liver and scientists say more can be discovered over time. The liver’s most important function is to process everything we consume, whether it’s food, alcohol, drugs, or poisons, and the liver is damaged by all the toxins we consume.
Infections in the blood also reach the liver and cause damage, while many other pathological processes, inflammations and diseases, including cancer in other organs, also affect the liver. Did you know that over-the-counter pain medication can harm our liver if used repeatedly?
Health experts warn that pain relievers can worsen the effect if taken in combination with alcohol. One of the leading causes of acute liver injury is drug-induced liver injury (DILI) and acetaminophen, often known as acetaminophen, has become a leading cause of acute liver failure.
What are some warning signs that signal a reduction in analgesic consumption?
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Akash Shukla, Director of Hepatology at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, revealed: “When the liver is damaged beyond a specific point, this is called advanced cirrhosis. It is unable to deal with the toxic materials that are produced in the body and the harmful substances absorbed by the intestines, since many of these chemicals bypass the liver and circulate in the body. ”
He added: “Some of these escape through the lungs in gaseous form. This leakage of some of the materials, especially the so-called mercaptans, can cause a distinct smell on the breath that is called fetor hepaticus. This is a peculiar pungent smell like rotten eggs and could indicate advanced liver disease.”
Do side effects of pain relievers differ between men and women?
Dr Ameet Mandot, Senior Consultant and Clinical Leader – Adult Hepatology and Liver Transplantation Unit at Global Hospital Mumbai, highlighted that there is no significant difference in the side effect of analgesics between men and women as the side effects depend more on genetic predisposition. of the individual than sex.