Doc Talk #205 – The Liver

The liver is an often misunderstood organ. As well as its role in managing blood sugar, it has a huge number of other functions.

In this show, we talked about what the liver is and what it does, common causes of injury (including alcohol, viruses such as hepatitis C, obesity and hemochromatosis), and symptoms of liver disease.

In Canada, we are increasingly worried about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and it is becoming a commoner cause of irreversible liver scarring (known as cirrhosis).

We also talked about ways to prevent liver disease – with the right lifestyle measures, a significant proportion could be prevented, and in general the liver is a pretty resilient organ.

If you are concerned about the possibility of liver disease, have a conversation with your family physician or healthcare provider.

Featured image from Awkward Yeti Store – you can get your own liver plushie at

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