The liver plays an important role in the body. It stores energy from food, makes proteins and helps remove toxins. The liver also makes bile, a fluid that helps with digestion. Most liver diseases cause only mild symptoms initially, which is why it’s vital that these diseases be detected early. Damaged or diseased liver can be caused by alcohol, prescription drugs, and over the counter medications. Statins, a class of drugs that reduce the production of cholesterol by the liver, have a potential side effect of liver damage. These tests may also be ordered to help diagnose viral infections (such as hepatitis or mononucleosis). See below to choose your liver test.
A few reasons to have your liver checked:
- Possible exposure to Hepatitis A,B, and/or C
- Taking recreational drugs
- Heavy alcohol intake
- Overweight and/or elevated cholesterol levels
- Taking prescription medications
Early detection of liver problems is the only way to prevent serious damage from occurring.
* Liver testing should be done after fasting for the most accurate results.
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