I was talking to a friend earlier today about the importance of being healthy. He is currently confined due to liver cirrhosis. The doctor has confirmed that his liver is barely functioning. Instead of losing hope, he encouraged me to write the importance of visiting the doctor, especially, when you’re getting older.
My friend even said that drinking and smoking are really bad for your health. It wouldn’t do anything good to you. You will regret it soon, so stop it if you can.
Even if you end up being a hypochondriac, it’s better safe than sorry.
Before I continue, let me define liver cirrhosis.
Liver cirrhosis develops when scar tissue replaces normal, healthy tissue in your liver. It happens after the healthy cells are damaged over a long period of time, usually many years, my Internal medicine Cardiologist explained. Furthermore, most liver diseases don’t show any signs or symptoms unless you regularly check your blood sugar, lipid profile, and cholesterol levels.
What causes cirrhosis?
Well, cirrhosis is the result of other liver conditions or diseases you already have. WebMD stated a few examples such as an Alcohol-related liver disease – this is for the people with chronic alcoholism; Viral hepatitis which is caused by heavy alcoholism, and non-alcoholic fatty liver. Too much fat can build up which is caused by obesity, high triglycerides and high cholesterol in your blood, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Sadly, the only way to cure cirrhosis is through a liver transplant. However, if it was diagnosed a little earlier, the doctor can still help cure it by proper medications and changing lifestyle.
Which my friend, apparently, found out a little too late.
How do you prevent liver cirrhosis or any
diseases from happening?
8. Do not self-medicate
One of the perennial problems of everyone is we treat simple fevers with over-the-counter medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen, and alike. And we feel better after a day or two, we stop and go on with our routine.
This goes to people who don’t continue finishing their antibiotics as well. Antibiotics are taken for 7 days for a reason. If you don’t continue or follow the doctor’s advise, the bacteria would be doubled which can cause more harm to your bodies.
7. Know your BMI
Body Mass Index or BMI indicates an ideal weight according to your height. If you’re obese, you must lose weight to prevent you from developing chronic diseases such as fatty liver.
Check your BMI here.
Know your family’s health history
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancers, to name a few, could be hereditary.
So, ask and be informed of your family’s medical history because your doctors need this information. Letting your physicians know about your medical history will help conclude your overall situation.
We’ve seen in all forms of advertising: TV, radio, print, and even billboards.
Naturally, beer is healthy if taken in moderation. In fact, it could help lessen the chances of kidney problems. However, if you develop a bad habit and become alcoholic, your kidneys and liver can only take so much. As a result, you develop liver problems.
Eliminate sedentary lifestyle
The longevity depends on your genes but it is vital to have an active lifestyle as well. In this day and age where fingertips are more active than our whole body, a sedentary lifestyle is prevalent.
Therefore, eliminate it by exercising or walking regularly. According to health experts, a healthy person must have a total of 10,000 steps a day. If you think you don’t even complete 1000 steps, you better think twice.
Tip: To make sure you’re healthy for a certain exercise program, try doing the stress + treadmill test at your nearest heart center or hospital.
Say NO to stress
Stress is the culprit of everything.
When we are stressed, our body and internal organs like heart, liver, and kidney work doubly hard. And when your heart pumps harder due to stress, you may develop hypertension and other chronic diseases that could lead to cardiac arrest. Be mindful of your body by taking a break. Go to a spa or have a body massage.
Consider taking doctor-approved supplements
As we age, the more we need to take supplements to help regenerate our healthy cells. Drinking vitamin E, fish oil, and other supplements that could save you from having liver problems, take it.
Snowcaps is one of the many supplements available in stores and pharmacies. You might want to discuss this with your doctor if you can take it or not. After hearing my friend’s story, I immediately talked to my doctor and he said that I could take this one table a day along with my vitamins and other supplements like fish oil and vitamin E.
Glutathione, for instance, is known as an antioxidant which can shield your liver from being damaged. Ask your doctor if you can take some.
Last and most importantly, visit your doctor once a year or every 6 months as you grow older
Make it a habit to visit them so they can prevent whatever diseases you may get along the way.
Moreover, get your blood checked every 6 months. It’s pivotal to keep your FBS (Fasting Blood Sugar – which determines whether or not you’re diabetic), triglycerides and cholesterol levels (high results would lead to the non-alcoholic fatty liver), and lipid profile on point to prevent cirrhosis or other deadly diseases from happening. Although there are medicines to cure fatty liver or cirrhosis, those won’t work if you don’t keep a healthy lifestyle. Eat well to live well.
Truthfully, a blood workup may be costly but your life is more precious. If you can buy a new pair of shoes or spend for a new phone, you can definitely afford to pay for your laboratory needs.
Health is wealth. This is the adage that’s been used and abused but no one seems to understand until sickness comes.
Like we always hear and say “prevention is better than cure.” Love yourself. Choose to be healthy and everything will follow.