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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

1 kg =
LIVER

Regulates the balance of hormones

Produces cholesterol, excretes and


converts it to other essential substances

GALL
BLADDER
INTESTINE

Symptoms of liver
disease:
Jaundice
Swelling in the
abdomen and legs
caused by uid
accumulation
Tenderness in the
area
of the liver
Fatigue
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
STOMACH

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

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