It's not just a disease of addicts. March is Liver Health Month in Canada, and here is what you need to know about liver disease – its causes and how to prevent it.

Liver disease is not just a disease of addicts. It is caused by a variety of factors and can affect everyone from infants to older adults. But many Canadians are woefully unaware of its causes -- and how to prevent it.

We pay a lot of attention to the health of our brains and our hearts, but did you know the liver performs over 500 functions? It helps fight infection, clears out toxins, produces essential proteins and helps the blood to clot -- plus it's part of our metabolism too. When disease strikes this crucial organ, it can affect our entire body.

Although an estimated one in 10 Canadians suffer from it, there's a lot of stigma surrounding liver disease: it's often viewed as a disease of chronic alcoholics and drug users. Liver disease is actually an umbrella term covering over 100 different conditions -- and it can affect people of all ages. Despite how common and risky liver disease can be, many Canadians are woefully unaware of its causes -- and how to prevent it.

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