If you think of yourself as a mean, lean driving machine (like a car) the role of your liver is similar to the oil in your car. It helps ensure everything is running smoothly. From producing proteins that are important in blood clotting, to breaking down old or damaged blood cells, the liver plays a central role in all metabolic processes in the body. Even in breaking down fats and producing energy. Yet, not all people treat their livers with respect. Some drink alcohol to the point of getting cirrhosis of the liver or alcoholic hepatitis, although there are some people who get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease which is the accumulation of liver fat in people who drink little or no alcohol.
There are other liver diseases to be aware of include Hepatitis A, which is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Or Hepatitis B, a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily preventable by a vaccine. Or even Hepatitis C, an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Find out more about liver diseases that affect at least 30 million people—or one in 10 Americans. Take this important quiz now.
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