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Liver


Liver, largest internal organ of the human body. The liver, which is part of the digestive system, performs more than 500 different functions, all of which are essential to life. Its essential functions include helping the body to digest fats, storing reserves of nutrients, filtering poisons and wastes from the blood, synthesizing a variety of proteins, and regulating the levels of many chemicals found in the bloodstream. The liver is unique among the bodyís vital organs in that it can regenerate, or grow back, cells that have been destroyed by some short-term injury or disease.

One of the liverís primary jobs is to store energy in the form of glycogen, which is made from a type of sugar called glucose. Another crucial function of the liver is the production of bile, a yellowish-brown liquid containing salts necessary for the digestion of lipids, or fats. Liver cancer is common among alcoholics that accumulate the toxic substance in their liver. As time goes by the accumulation eventually damages the liver the cause complications such as liver cirrhosis result. Usually, the effects can only be felt years after the person has stopped drinking. Basically, the liver is an organ that tries to function well even if it is already damaged and only complains when the damage is already extensive which is why many liver diseases are only diagnosed at stages where curing the illness is no longer possible. Liver is very important to human beings that if the liver dies, other bodily functions also cease to exist. Many liver cancer patients can no longer be cured and prolonging the life of the victim usually results only to agony on their part.

Posted 2011-01-29 and updated on Jan 29, 2011 8:27pm by crisd

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