Liver Disease – Eat, Drink and be Merry; in Moderation!

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Liver Disease – Eat, Drink and be Merry; in Moderation!
24 November 2017

On Wednesday 13th December 2017, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting a free talk on ‘Liver Disease’.   The event will give delegates the opportunity to find out more about the different types of Liver Disease and the service provided for patients who have liver disease at Pennine Acute.

Many people associate liver disease with excessive alcohol consumption and although this can be true it is certainly not the only cause. There are many more causes including obesity; diabetes; hereditary conditions; blood borne viruses and even medications. In fact, 33% of the UK population are known to have liver disease NOT associated with alcohol (non alcoholic liver disease – NAFLD)

The average life expectancy of liver patients is now 58 years and falling. The UK has the highest numbers in Europe and here in the North West we have higher than average figures of patients with this complex disease.

Over the Christmas period, people are particularly vulnerable.  So by raising awareness, we hope liver disease can be identified early and often reversed by simple life style changes.

They say that ignorance is bliss but with liver disease, ignorance can cost a life.

There are more than 100 different types of liver disease, which together affect at least 2 million people in the UK.  The liver is the second largest organ in the body. It works hard, performing 500 hundred complex functions daily, including: fighting infections and illness and removing toxins (poisons), such as alcohol, from the body.

Liver disease does not usually cause any obvious signs or symptoms until it is fairly advanced and the liver is severely damaged.   At this stage, possible symptoms can include loss of appetite, weight loss and jaundice.

Gastroenterology Nurse Specialist, Lynne Kendrick, who will be giving the talk, said   “Liver disease is the third most common preventative cause of death in the UK. Over 2 million people are affected with thousands more unaware they even have it.  There are often no signs and symptoms to alert you until the liver becomes decompensated and close to failure.

The talk will be held Wednesday 13th December, 11.00 am – 12.00 noon in the Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Old Road, Bury, BL9 7TD.

The event is free and is one of a series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events arranged to give the public and the Trust’s public members a greater insight into their local hospital and the services it provides. So far, more than 12,500 people have signed up to become Trust members. 

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email membership@pat.nhs.uk.