The 4 Most Common Risk Factors For Alcoholic Liver Disease!

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The 4 Most Common Risk Factors For Alcoholic Liver Disease!

Alcoholic liver disease or cirrhosis is one of the most common disorders of the liver. Since the liver performs a vital function in the body, it is essential to maintain its health. There can be several causes for the cirrhosis of the liver. Here are some of the factors that you need to watch out for if you want to steer clear of alcoholic liver disease.

  1. Excess alcohol consumption: While limited alcohol consumption does not cause major health issues, you need to understand how much is too much. Drinking too much for a prolonged period of time will cause damage to the liver cells, which will lead to alcoholic liver disease. So, if you are a heavy drinker, stop immediately or at least try to cut down on the amount that you ingest each day. More than three drinks per day for men and two drinks per day for women for 5 years will substantially increase the chances of the disease.
  2. Beer Consumption: People who drink beer are at a greater risk of suffering from alcoholic liver disease than people who consume wine or other alcoholic beverages. The exact reason for this is not known, but if you are a wine drinker, you would be happy to know that you have lesser chances of damaging your liver.
  3. Gender: Research has indicated that women take longer to metabolize the alcohol that they consume than men. This is why such drinks have a deeper impact on women’s bodies. For instance, even if a man and a woman drink the same amount of alcohol, it will cause more damage to the body of the woman than it will to the body of the man.
  4. Obesity: Excess body weight can cause a host of harmful medical conditions, one of which is alcoholic liver disease. Maintaining an ideal body weight can go a long way in preventing the liver condition. Excess weight is a risk factor for both men and women. Pay attention to your diet and also ensure that you work out every day. Not only will such a lifestyle help you achieve a better liver, but it will also enhance your overall health.

If alcoholic liver disease is left untreated, it can progress to Hepatitis A or cirrhosis. Therefore, it is essential that you seek treatment as soon as you are diagnosed with the condition, in order to limit the damage to your health.

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