January is Love Your Liver Awareness month, when we focus on raising awareness of the importance of looking after your liver health among the general public. We want the nation to show their livers some love in January and take their first steps towards better liver health!
Why you should love your liver
The liver is a fascinating organ and its importance is often underrated. It's an amazing multi-tasker and has over 500 vital jobs to do to keep you alive. It's just as important as other organs like your heart and lungs, but they tend to steal most of the limelight.
In the UK, liver disease is on the rise. The three major preventable causes are drinking alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis.
When it's damaged, the liver can repair itself, but only up to a point. Sadly, people with liver disease often don't have any symptoms until the disease has progressed and it's far too late for treatment. That's why it's so important to know the risk factors and to keep your liver happy and healthy for life - before long-lasting damage can occur.
Take a pledge for better liver health
That’s why, this year, we’re encouraging people to take a pledge for liver health in 2022. This could be anything from eating more veg, to cutting out alcohol for a month or signing up for a new physical challenge.
January is typically a time when many of us think about making healthier choices after overindulging during the festive season. For a snapshot of your overall liver health, you can take our quick and confidential online liver health quiz.
We know that many of our supporters already know about the benefits of good liver health, so if you’d prefer not to take a pledge you can still help by sharing our posts with your loved ones on social media, or get crafty with our adorable #LoveYourLiver Craft a Bear needle-felting kit!
Take your first steps towards better liver health today by visiting our Love Your Liver month pages, for liver health information, a quiz, free resources to share and lots of other fun ways to get involved this January.