The liver has more than 500 vital functions and one of its most important functions is filtering toxins from your bloodstream. However, like all organs, it’s susceptible to diseases ranging from moderate to life-threatening.
There are 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…
It Isn’t Just a Drinking Disease
A lot of people associate liver disease with alcoholism. 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.