“Timely awareness and intervention to prevent liver ailments”, says Dr. Ruchi Gupta


As today is World Liver Day, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, Founder and CEO of 3Hcare.in says that timely awareness and intervention might as well prevent liver ailments.

Timely awareness and intervention are key to prevent liver ailments, says Dr. Ruchi Gupta

What with the westernisation trending up among the Indian youth, poor lifestyle is attributing to an increase in the number of liver ailments. Therefore, keeping our liver in a perfect condition is critical for all. Taking the decisions late in the case of health issues, which shows the symptoms of having liver disease is itself for it to be one of the most common diseases in the country.

Recent reports of World Health Organisation reveal that an estimated 45% of the global diseases and 60% of mortality rate is attributable to chronic diseases accounting for over 35 million deaths annually. Considering the statistics from the last few years, liver related diseases are being recognised as one of the most common diseases which are becoming the reason for increasing death rate in India. Another data from Globacan India 2018 revealed that liver cancer was ranked 12th amongst the most frequent cancer in India, logging an estimated 30,000 new cases of liver cancer recorded.

Timely awareness and intervention are key to prevent liver ailments, says Dr. Ruchi Gupta

“Cirrhosis is an end result of a variety of liver diseases characterised by fibrosis and architectural distortion of the liver with the formation of regenerative nodules which needs to be timely intervened before becoming life threatening disease. The World Liver day is observed every year on April 19 with the aim to build awareness among masses about the importance of liver in human body, about the liver issues, cases of liver diseases and new inventions which are available to treat liver related diseases,” Dr. Ruchi points out.

Cancer seems to have a way of deeply invading the lives of those stricken by the disease. And very often the treatment isn’t much friendlier to patients. But some recent advances in cancer treatment are helping, including some minimally invasive and non surgical procedures, especially in case of liver tumours.

Dr. RP Singh, HOD – Gastroenterology, Saroj Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi says, “While surgery to remove a liver tumor offers the best chance for cure, surgery is not an option for more than two-thirds of patients with primary liver cancer which is said to be the fifth most common cancer and the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. An estimated 70% of patients with liver cancer cannot opt for surgery for many reasons, like, the tumours could be too large to be removed or they could be too close to major blood vessels or other organs. And many a times, patients may have many small tumors in the liver, thus making surgery too risky or impractical.”

Regeneration of liver

Liver is the main player and unique organ in human body and has a special capacity of regeneration. Everything we consume passes through the liver and it helps to digest it. It fights infections, removes toxins, controls cholesterol, regulates blood sugar, and makes proteins. People should take care of their liver by adopting healthy lifestyle, and have a balanced diet of proteins, grains, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and fats.