Liver illness is on a sensational rise all through the nation and it’s not on account of individuals are drinking all the more intensely.
“Prior to 2016, it was 1 in 10 Canadians were diagnosed with liver disease. Now, it’s 1 in 4. It’s now accounting for the increase of Hepatitis C cases actually being diagnosed,” said Bianca Pengelly of the Manitoba Regional Coordinator of the Canadian Liver Foundation.
“It also counts for the non-alcoholic, fatty liver disease, basically obesity rates are just sky rocketing.”
While not drinking or taking medications helps keep individuals from harming their livers or creating liver ailment, it is anything but a certification, said Pengelly.
“People think they’re not going to have liver disease if they don’t touch a drink of alcohol or do drugs. I never drank or did drugs. I was born with liver disease.”
She said liver infection is a troublesome sickness to oversee.
“I was lucky that I was able to get a liver transplant when I was 18-months-old,” she said. “There are certain limitations. I need to get blood work done pretty often. I was on a lot of medication. Thankfully, not as many today.
“If your liver is hurting, your body is hurting.”