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Are older people more vulnerable to liver disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Older people are more vulnerable to liver disease. Liver function in older people is usually not as efficient as in young people, which makes older people more vulnerable to toxins, medications, or herbs that can damage the liver. These toxins can stay in the liver longer, since it has to work harder to get rid of them. Older people also may suffer the effects of long-term liver damage, such as that related to the consumption of alcohol. Older people who are frail are less likely survive a liver transplant if one should be required.

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