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Protect your liver ,so it can protect you.

Importance, function and regeneration.

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The liver is located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdominal cavity, beneath the diaphragm, and on top of the stomach, right kidney, and intestines. Shaped like a cone, the liver is a dark reddish-brown organ that weighs about 3 pounds.

The five major functions of this organ include:

  • Filtration
  • Digestion
  • Metabolism and Detoxification
  • Protein synthesis
  • Storage of vitamins and minerals.  Liver disease can be inherited (genetic). Some  problems can also be caused by a variety of factors that damage the organ, such as viruses, alcohol use and obesity.
  • Symptoms

    Liver disease doesn’t always cause noticeable signs and symptoms. If signs and symptoms of  this disease do occur, they may include:Common Habits That Damage the Liver

    • Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
    • Abdominal pain and swelling
    • Swelling in the legs and ankles
    • Itchy skin
    • Dark urine color
    • Pale stool color
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Loss of appetite
    • Tendency to bruise easily.

So, Can You Live Without Your Liver?

No. This organ is so vital that you cannot live without it.

But it is possible to live with only part of the organ.

Liver Regeneration

This organ is the only organ in your body that can regenerate itself, or grow back, after damage or surgical removal.

While it seems hard to believe, and it really can grow back to its full size and function in a few months.

Living-Donor Liver Transplants

Because this organ  grows back, you can actually donate a piece of it  to someone else.

There’s a growing waiting list for organ transplants, but a shortage of deceased-donor organs. A living-donor liver transplant is a lifesaving option for someone in need of a new organ

During a living-donor  transplant, doctors remove a piece of your healthy organ. They then use it to replace the damaged one of a recipient.

After surgery, it will regenerate back to its full size. The other person’s new organ will grow as well, leaving both people with healthy, functioning livers.

Living-donor organ transplants are possible for both adults and children.

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