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13 Ways You’re Secretly Hurting Your Liver

Reader's Digest Logo By Jenn Sinrich of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13: We're all well aware of the damaging effects alcohol can have on the body, especially when it comes to the liver. But what's surprising for some is that it doesn't always take excessive amounts of alcohol to cause severe damage. 'Overuse of alcohol can differ from patient to patient, but however much is 'too much' for you can result in ongoing inflammation and overwork,' says John Iskander, MD, a gastroenterologist at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. 'Years and decades of ongoing inflammation can ultimately lead to the development of scar tissue and cirrhosis, or end-stage liver disease, which is the leading cause of liver failure in the United States.' If you're a healthy adult, it's safe to drink in moderation, but if you have a family history of alcoholism or alcohol-related liver diseases, limit regular use. Don't miss these fatty liver symptoms to watch out for.

Drinking too much alcohol

We're all well aware of the damaging effects alcohol can have on the body, especially when it comes to the liver. But what's surprising for some is that it doesn't always take excessive amounts of alcohol to cause severe damage. 'Overuse of alcohol can differ from patient to patient, but however much is 'too much' for you can result in ongoing inflammation and overwork,' says John Iskander, MD, a gastroenterologist at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. 'Years and decades of ongoing inflammation can ultimately lead to the development of scar tissue and cirrhosis, or end-stage liver disease, which is the leading cause of liver failure in the United States.' If you're a healthy adult, it's safe to drink in moderation, but if you have a family history of alcoholism or alcohol-related liver diseases, limit regular use. Don't miss these fatty liver symptoms to watch out for.

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