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The liver: the largest organ of our body

The liver is the largest organ of the body. It is located under the thorax, behind the last ribs forward right in the abdomen. It normally weighs 1.5 kg in adults. You can feel the lower edge under the ribs.

When the liver increases in volume, we talk about hepatomegaly. Cirrhosis of the liver, often due to excessive consumption of alcohol, gives a fat liver up to 10 kg.

The great functions of the liver

The liver receives directly a large part of the blood that comes from the digestive tract; it transports elementary molecules resulting from digestion such as amino acids, fatty acids, cholesterol, glucose ...

The liver is responsible for transforming a number of more complex molecules: proteins, glycogen, cholesterol ... which will participate in the metabolic and energetic balance of the body.

It also contains cells responsible for defending the body against microbial infections.

The liver helps maintain blood sugar

It is in the liver and the muscles that the glucose resulting from the digestion of the carbohydrates contained in a meal, is transformed into glycogen, energy reserve. In between meals, the liver releases glucose as the body's energy needs change. This feature keeps blood glucose (ie, blood glucose) constant.

A patient with severe hepatic impairment may have hypoglycaemia.

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Read also :

> Liver trouble
> NASH: fatty liver disease
> Cirrhosis of the liver
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Author: Dr. Nicolas Evrard.

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