What increases my risk for liver disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Both environmental and genetic factors may increase the risk of liver disease. Environmental factors that increase your risk include a poorly balanced diet, use of illegal drugs, excessive consumption of alcohol, and certain medications. Any activity that may expose you to hepatitis, such as sexual activity, sharing needles, or getting body piercings or tattoos, may also increase your risk. Genetic risk factors may increase your risk as well, as it's possible to have a liver defect present at birth. Some genetic diseases cause substances like iron and copper to build up in the body, damaging the liver.

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