Hep C and your liver

Viruses penetrate an organism's cells, and go on to on to infect other cells in the body.

The hepatitis C virus attacks liver cells, and can multiplying and become chronic, causing cirrhosis, liver cancer and other serious liver disorders.

The liver plays a central role in many critical bodily functions, so people with damaged livers need to be aware of the many other complications they may experience – and to seek medical advice from their doctors accordingly. These may include jaundice and swelling of the abdomen, as well as disorders of the thyroid, intestine, joints, blood, spleen and kidneys.

The hepatitis C virus damages the liver and can prevent it from doing the following:

◾Breaking down food and converting it into energy

◾Controlling the levels of fats, amino acids and sugars in the blood

◾Fighting infections, especially those in the bowel

◾Neutralizing waste products, toxins and other harmful agents

◾Manufacturing proteins that control essential chemical reactions in other parts of the body

The liver responds to damage by generating new cells. But, as part of the natural repair process, scar tissue may form within it; you may hear doctors referring to this condition as fibrosis. When more and more scar tissue accumulates in the liver it may join together, leading to cirrhosis. Over time, lots of scarring can affect the natural free flow of blood through the liver, making it more difficult for the organ to carry out its core functions.

A person with hepatitis C can take several decades to display symptoms. During those years the liver may be damaged without a patient knowing.

It's important to know about the ways in which hepatitis C affects your body. For more information, visit hepatitiscnews.com/hep-c-an...

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