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What does your liver do?

The liver performs more than

500 different functions

Cleanses your blood

Metabolizes alcohol
and other drugs
Neutralizes and destroys
poisonous substances

Regulates the supply of body fuel

Produces and stores glucose to keep the

mind alert and body active

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Regulates the balance of hormones

Produces cholesterol, excretes and

converts it to other essential substances


Symptoms of liver
Swelling in the
abdomen and legs
caused by uid
Tenderness in the
of the liver
Weight loss

People with liver problems

can be completely
unaware because they may
have few, if any, symptoms.
Blood tests may be used to
determine if your liver is
functioning properly.

Regulates the supply of essential

vitamins and minerals

Liver disease

Such as those involved in:

Transporting substances in the blood
Clotting of blood
Providing resistance to infection

Regulates body cholesterol

The liver is
the secondlargest organ
in the body

Weight of an
adult liver

Manufactures essential
body proteins

Including: Sex hormones

Thyroid hormones
Cortisone and other
adrenal hormones

The liver is the

only organ that can regenerate
itself, thus making it possible for
one person to donate part of their
liver to another person. When a
portion of the liver is transplanted,
the donor's liver will regenerate
back to its original size while the
transplanted portion will grow to
the appropriate size for
the recipient.

Such as iron and copper

Produces bile

Bile eliminates toxic substances

from the body and aids digestion

An adult liver is about

the size of a football

The liver processes virtually

everything you eat, drink, breathe
in or rub on your skin
Source: Canadian Liver Foundation; Fotolia illustration