The liver is a very important organ in the body that filters out toxins from your bloodstream, among other functions. However, like all organs, it’s susceptible to diseases ranging from moderate to life-threatening.
There is a wide range of liver diseases, however they’re not all caused by the same things, and you won’t always know your liver has a problem. Let’s filter out 12 myths about liver disease…
1. It Isn’t Just a Drinking Disease
A lot of people associate liver disease with alcoholism, and while it’s true that heavy drinking can lead to liver damage, it isn’t the only cause. You can actually be born with liver disease, or contract it from a virus, notes Liver.ca.
“Alcohol only causes one out of more than 100 different types of liver disease,” notes the source. In fact, in Canada, where the source is based, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the leading cause of liver disease.