Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The 3rd Annual UAB LIVER WALK

University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), in conjunction to the UAB Liver Disease Support Group, will be hosting the 3rd Annual UAB 'Liver Walk' this Saturday, October 2nd at the Campus Green on the campus at the University of Alabama in Birmingham from 8am until 11am, to help raise awareness liver disease and funding of the patient education/community outreach initiative.

I'm hoping that you are able to come and help support a cause that is so important to me along with thousands of families here in Alabama. My husband's family is very familiar with this disease ~ his grandfather & aunt both passed away and his mother has been living with the disease for some time now. You may think: Liver Disease = Cirrhosis = Alcohol. That's not the case in all, nor is in our family. It's genetic.

Here are some facts:

*Liver Disease can remain undetected for YEARS without pronounced symptoms! When symptoms to present themselves, they can include jaundice, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, depression, etc

*The liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself. It filters over a liter of blood each minute, removing toxins from our body such as air pollutants, pesticides, cigarette smoke, environmental chemicals, alcohol, and prescription and non-prescription drugs.

*44, 000 Americans die each year from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis; 300,000+ people are hospitalized each year due to cirrhosis.

*Alcoholic liver disease and chronic hepatitis C are the leading causes of cirrhosis, even though there are genetic diseases that also cause cirrhosis.

*8,000-10,000 people die of hepatitis C each year and the CDC estimate that the number of annual deaths will triple in the next 10-20 years!

*Hepatitis B is responsible for 5,000 deaths annually, including 3,000-4,000 from cirrhosis and approximately 1,000-1,500 from primary liver cancer.

*Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV.

*Approximately 6,320 liver transplants were performed in 2009. Because of shortage of organs, it is estimated that nearly 15% of prospective recipients die each year while waiting for a liver transplant. There are currently over 16, 611 (as of April, 2010) people waiting for a liver. The number of liver transplants performed per year has been increasing steadily for more than 15 years.

In prevention of this disease can be easily done by very simple things such as getting plenty of sleep, reducing stress, eliminating fried and processed foods ~ which can create excessive strain on the liver ~ among other simple lifestyle change. To read more on the disease, go here.

You can see that liver disease is one of our nation's leading health problems. It is also a health issue that receives very little government funding. More than 25 million Americans are affected, regardless of age, race, lifestyle or socio-economic status.

I hope this information has been helpful in some way and has encouraged you to become more educated on the importance of your liver. If you can, please come out and help support the 'Liver Walk' this Saturday, October 2nd.

If you would like more information on the 'Liver Walk' or how to sponsor, just leave me a comment and I'll be glad to help you in any way I can.

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