According to the World Hepatitis Day organization, over 300 million people worldwide are living with undiagnosed liver disease. They have designated July 28th as World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness about the risks. While there are many types of liver disease, with many routes to infection, some basic things can be done to protect you and your family.
First of all, do not drink alcohol in excess and if you have a problem with alcohol, it is important to get help. Here is a link to the local office of Alcoholics Anonymous-http://www.aascv.org/. One drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men is considered a safe and possibly healthy level of intake, but you need to know what is best for your individual health. My blog here discusses alcohol in more detail-
Besides alcohol, using illicit drugs that involve using a needle puts individuals at risk for contracting many diseases, with Hepatitis B and D being two of them. Do not share needles with others, even for taking prescribed medications like insulin. Besides blood, other bodily fluids can pass on hepatitis, so practice safe sex, using protection. For more information on getting help with drug addiction go to
Diligent handwashing and cooking animal foods, like pork and shellfish, completely are also important to reducing risks for the acute forms of hepatitis, Hepatitis A and E. Acute hepatitis can become chronic hepatitis, so reducing risk is important. Check out the LA County handwashing guide here
A generally healthy diet, focused on fresh fruits and veggies and less processed and fast food is good for everyone and good for the liver. Drink mostly water and limit sugar sweetened beverages. Reducing sodium is also an important way to preserve liver function, so consider tossing out the salt and preparing your own spice mixes to use at home on everything from fruits and salads to marinades and pasta sauces.
Check out the ideas in this SF gate article here-
Pass along your knowledge about liver health and safety so we can cut down on the millions with liver disease.