Liver disease can be just as deadly as cancer, come on as suddenly as a heart attack and be as difficult to manage as diabetes. The difference is that most people understand and worry more about these health issues than they do about liver disease.
Ten years ago, we said that 1 in 10 Canadians were at risk for liver disease. Today the numbers are much higher. According to available data, 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease. The shift is due in large part to the rise of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease but the numbers also include hepatitis B and C, alcoholic liver disease, autoimmune liver diseases, children’s liver diseases, liver cancer and more.
|“When my newborn daughter had jaundice and wasn’t growing and thriving as she should, our doctor initially thought it might have something to do with poor quality breast milk. At 8 weeks, Kyla was diagnosed with biliary atresia.” #Tooclose4comfort|
|“It all started with our three-year-old having tummy aches that were happening more and more often. We thought it was some sort of bug at first but then she started sleeping 12-13 hours a night and then napping three hours during the day. Finally when she started losing her appetite, we took her into our family doctor. After many weeks of tests, ER visits and scans, she was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis.” #Tooclose4comfort|
|“My dad struggled with his weight almost all his life. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at age 44 in 1989, he found it hard to stick to a healthy diet. While he could see how this affected his blood sugar, he had no idea what he was doing to his liver. Neither did his doctors. In August 2010, my father died from liver failure.” #Tooclose4comfort||