We Filipinos are fond of celebrating simple things in life, like hurdling a busy week or catching up with friends over some liquors and good food. In fact, drinking alcoholic beverages even on the side of the street or during karaoke sessions is commonplace.
But if we want to stay healthy, we need to do everything – including drinking alcohol – in moderation. Too much alcohol especially paired with fatty foods is not good for the body, particularly our liver. It makes us more vulnerable to many different illnesses, such as hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and liver cancer which are connected to each other.
According to Dr. Roel Tolentino, a surgical oncolopgist from St. Luke’s Medical Center, too much alcohol consumption may lead to hepatitis or inflammation of the liver. This is called alcoholic hepatitis.
Actually, hepatitis has different variants—Hepatitis A is caused by eating or drinking food with the Hepatitis A virus (HAV), and Hepatitis B can come from infected blood and other bodily fluids. Hepatitis B can also be passed from mother to child.
All of these variants can cause liver cirrhosis, which is the scarring of the liver from liver inflammation and damage. Some signs that someone may have hepatitis are the yellowing of their eyes and skin, fever, loss of appetite, and bulging of the stomach.
Our liver is one of the organs most responsible for filtering the chemicals and toxins our body is exposed to every day, such as those that come from processed food, alcohol, cigarette smoke, and even pollution. Our liver helps clean our body every day, and if we are exposed to too many of these chemicals, then it will really have a hard time adjusting. If it is damaged due to hepatitis and liver cirrhosis, the rest of our body shows the symptoms. People with hepatitis and liver cirrhosis are at most risk for liver cancer.
Department of Health (DOH) said that liver diseases are now considered a “silent epidemic” among Filipinos. Liver cancer is also one of the most common cancers in the Philippines, mainly due tounhealthy lifestyle.
How do we prevent liver disease? Dr. Tolentino said that one of the best ways is to eat more natural foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Instead of fatty and salty foods, try consuming healthier snacks such as vegetable chips or fruit smoothies. Needless to say, you also need to control how much and how often you drink alcohol.
Tolentino added that we should also be careful of used needles especially at the hospital, and avoid having multiple sexual partners since this is how the Hepatitis B virus can be passed around.
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