Saturday, 26th July 2014

Rise in alcohol related deaths prompts need for liver health awareness

yorktest_logo.jpgCommercial Feature - Alcohol related deaths are on the increase according to new Stats published by the Office of National Statistics prompting a call for increased awareness about liver health.

Figures have shown that alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom has increased year on year since the 1990s rising from 4,023 in 1992 to the highest of 9,031 in 2008 and is still on the rise. These include deaths from health issues such as cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholic liver disease, chronic hepatitis, and alcohol poisoning.

More worrying is that an illness that predominately affected older age groups is now more prevalent among younger members with the number of people in their teens, 20s or 30s dying from drink related health problems increasing by 24 per cent.

However, the largest increases were seen among people in their 50s in the last ten years – up 48 per cent among women and 49 per cent among men highlighting the long term affects of drinking. The stats also show that binge drinking among women has dramatically increased in the last few years - as many as 3.5 million women are putting their health at risk through their alcohol consumption.

YorkTest, Europe’s leading allergy and food intolerance testing company, thinks that there needs to be more awareness about the need to understand the health of your liver. With over 25 years in home testing YorkTest have helped people to identify a multitude of intolerances including wheat and gluten intolerance and have developed an innovative liver function test called LiverCheck. Available for £99, the test helps people identify issues with their liver from the comfort of their own home. It is hoped that people will be more inclined to take the test than visit their GP thereby understanding the state of their liver before it is too late.

The test is a simple finger prick test that you can be done in the comfort of your own home and checks the health of your liver. Once the blood sample has been collected you simply post it away to YorkTest Laboratories where it is tested for ALT & AST enzyme levels. Results are returned to the customer within five days and are easily interpreted in a traffic light colour coded system - green showing there to be no problem, amber showing your liver health is less than optimal and red indicating your liver is damaged.

The LiverCheck liver function test is available to buy online at www.yorktest.com or by calling 0800 074 6185.