21 Jun #LoveYourLiver week at Randox Health
Love Your Liver
It’s #LoveYourLiver week in association with the British Liver Trust. The liver is the largest gland, and the largest solid organ, in the body! Weighing some 1.8kg in men and 1.3kg in women. It holds around 13% of your total blood supply at any given time! It also has over 500 functions. That’s why its one of the most important organs in your body. So its import to Love Your Liver.
About 60% of the liver is made up of liver cells called hepatocytes which absorb nutrients and detoxify and remove harmful substances from the blood. A hepatocyte has an average lifespan of 150 days.
Liver function includes processing digested food from the intestine, controlling levels of fats, amino acids and glucose in the blood, combatting infections, neutralising all drugs and toxins, manufacturing bile and breaking down and regulating all hormones.
At Randox Health, we’re helping to keep your liver healthy by offering a 15 liver tests in your most comprehensive Signature health programme and 7 in the Everyman and Everywoman.
One of our tests is for Alkaline Phosphate (ALP). High levels of ALP in the blood could indicate a variety of liver issues. Issues such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, liver cancer and bile duct obstruction..
We also test for Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) as very high Levels of ALT could be due to Acute (short term) Hepatitis from viral infection. High to mildly elevated ALT levels can be associated with chronic liver diseases such as cirrhosis, alcohol abuse, cholestasis, pancreatitis, mononucleosis, kidney or heart damage.
Another way of determining your liver health is to test for Gamma-Glutamyltransferase (GGT). A high level of GGT is frequently associated with increased alcohol consumption. High levels could indicate bile duct disease, cirrhosis, liver necrosis (death of the liver tissue), liver tumours or the use of drugs that are toxic to the liver.
Our year-long health programmes test up to 13 signs of liver issues. Find out more about our health programmes here.
Contact our team for more information: email@example.com Because your health matters!