Chances are you know at least one person who has suffered from liver failure in the past. The truth is that due to the lifestyles we live nowadays, this condition is becoming more and more prevalent – but it doesn’t need to be. Matter of fact, there are several steps that you can take to eliminate the risk of developing liver failure almost completely.
Dealing with the Causes
First and foremost, to protect yourself against liver failure you need to ensure that you are not exposed to any of the causes.
To prevent hepatitis A and B you can get an immunoglobulin shot, or alternatively you can get separate hepatitis vaccines. That way you shouldn’t be at risk of developing the condition due to a hepatitis infection.
Apart from that, you should try to not drink excessively – either over a prolonged period or by ‘binge drinking’. Having a glass or two of alcohol here or there is fine, but when you indulge on a regular basis or to excess then you’re putting a huge strain on your liver.
Last but certainly not least you should eat a healthy diet and make sure that your body gets all the nutrition that it needs. Although malnutrition is a condition most people associate with people who are suffering from starvation, the truth is that many people who are hardly starving suffer from it as well simply because they eat a lot of junk and don’t get enough nutrients.
Simple Measures to Reduce Risk
Apart from dealing with the common causes of liver failure, the other steps that you could take involve reducing the risk in other ways.
One step that is worth considering is to make sure that you practice proper hygiene. Simple rules that we’re taught from childhood such as washing our hands after using the bathroom could really pay off. Similarly, making sure your hands are cleansed before you eat is a good step too.
If for whatever reason you want to get a tattoo or body piercing, make sure that you do so at someplace reliable that practices the proper methods of cleansing their equipment. Also, if (again, for whatever reason) you are in the habit of sharing needles for intravenous drugs – don’t.
Last but not least, make sure that you always have protected sex too.
All of these measures combined should help you to reduce your risk factor of developing a liver failure dramatically. Frankly speaking, chances are you probably practice most of them already, but knowing the lifestyle that many people lead there are probably others that you never even considered to be a threat in the first place.
Now that you know, it is up to you to deal with them accordingly.