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How to keep liver healthy? Leading expert in liver diseases discusses how to keep your liver healthy for the entire life. What are common risks to health of liver? What are easy steps to ensure that your liver works well? How to Keep Your Liver Healthy. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Video interview with leading expert in liver diseases Harvard Medical School. Dr. Simon Robson, MD. Tips to Keep your Liver Healthy are: (1) avoid toxins, including toxic mushrooms, paracetamol, Tylenol and acetaminophen; (2) Eat in moderation; (3) drink alcohol in moderation. Genetics is important to avoid liver diseases but lifestyle has the most influence on risk of chronic liver disease. Many patients want to know how to Keep Liver Healthy. Medical second opinion helps to make sure chronic liver disease diagnosis is correct and complete. Dr. Simon Robson, MD. Medical second opinion also helps to choose the best treatment for non alcoholic fatty liver disease and autoimmune liver disease. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. What are ways to strengthen your Liver? Avoid high-risk behaviors. Avoid tattoos, multiple sex partners and excessive alcohol consumption. Know how to Keep Your Liver Healthy. Tips how to keep liver healthy. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Many insults potentially can affect the liver. There are the viruses, the metabolic syndrome. Liver transplantation is difficult. How to keep the liver healthy? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. What can patients do to make sure their liver works well, that liver function is preserved? How to ensure the liver stays in this excellent health for many years? Dr. Simon Robson, MD. Harvard Medical School. Choose your parents very carefully! I’m joking, one cannot do that. But clearly there is a family history of liver disease. People can be predisposed to development of liver problems with high with alcohol exposure and so forth. It is clear that if patients drinking excess amounts of alcohol, only 1 in 6 will develop liver disease. clearly genetics is important. Dr. Simon Robson, MD. Having said that, there are certain risk factors and high-risk activities, this can be predispose to liver disease and viruses. These include intravenous drug use, cocaine, tattooing, having multiple sex partners. Dr. Simon Robson, MD. The usual number cited is having more than 50 sex partners for a lifetime is dangerous. It is associated with increased risk of some of these hepatitis viruses, particularly hepatitis B. A person needs to lead a life this is not characterized by any of these major high risk activities. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. A person limits exposure to hepatotoxins, like alcohol, medications as I have mentioned that can damage the liver – such as Tylenol. There are other medicines toxic to liver, certain toxins. For example, mushrooms. We didn’t speak about mushrooms. But there are some forms of death cap mushrooms. These we see in New England. We also see toxic mushrooms in Europe, particularly parts of Italy. Some mushrooms are very toxic to the liver. It is called Amanita phalloides, and patients can mistake it with non-toxic mushrooms. They say that “there are old mushroom pickers and brave mushroom pickers. Dr. Simon Robson, MD. But there are very few brave old mushroom pickers.” Avoid toxin exposure. Then there is obviously a metabolic syndrome. To keep liver healthy, you should avoid excessive nutrients, avoid getting overweight. Avoid development of diabetes by watching weight. Limit intake of the high levels of saturated fat. These refined carbohydrates that we have alluded to. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Basically a lot of it is good luck, looking after oneself, healthy exercise, healthy lifestyle. How to keep liver healthy? Video interview with leading liver diseases expert from Boston. Influence of genetics, food, toxins and lifestyle on liver health.