Saturday, July 27, 2013

World Hepatitis Day: Livelier in Bangalore loses its sheen without good liver

Along with lifestyle ailments like diabetes and  hypertension, liver-related diseases have emerged as one of the most reported ailments in Bangalore. Apart from consumption of alcohol, which is the primary reason for liver cirrhosis, random intake of antibiotics and other drugs often lead to liver dysfunction.

Bangalore is known for its pub culture. Hence, it is no surprise that so many cases of  liver disorders are reported every day in the city. It is not only Bangalore, liver disorders have become rampant in other big cities as well. Every four persons out of 100 suffers from Hepatitis B in the state of Karnataka.

Problems of the liver can lead to Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B as well as Hepatitis C, making liver disorders one of the top killer diseases in the country.

Hepatitis B is one of the deadliest but silent epidemics in the country. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates suggest that the country is home to 25 to 40 million people suffering from Hepatitis B.
Experts say that Bangalore is also seeing a spurt of Hepatitis C cases. There is still no vaccine for Hepatitis C.  People who suffer from it have high chances of getting cancer.

Hence, it is mandatory to get liver check up done on a regular basis. In 90% of cases, people are unaware that they have a liver disease. Diagnosis happens at a very late stage because of lack of awareness.


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