The veteran actor from Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, had earlier this week confessed to have been a patient of acute hepatitis B, which damaged nearly 75 percent of his liver because of a late diagnosis. Today, he lives on only about 25 percent of liver.
Amitabh Bachchan is the Unicef ambassador for Hepatitis B awareness programme and spoke during the hepatitis B media awareness campaign on how he got injured during shooting of the movie Coolie, for which almost 200 people had donated blood. Of the 60 bottles of blood that were drawn, one was infected. One of the donors had hepatitis B which after the transfusion infected the actor too. Sadly, it was diagnosed when only one fourth of his lever was healthy.
The good part is that one can survive with just 12 percent of his liver. While he received the ideal treatment in India, there are many in the country, who don’t have access to appropriate medical care. Well, the most important weapon against the spread and advancement of hepatitis B is an early diagnosis. If you have already been diagnosed by hepatitis, here is how you can cope with it.
People suffering from chronic diseases such as hepatitis B often go into depression. But, it is not all that bad and no one should be going through it. Here are some helpful ways to cope with hepatitis B.
• Learn about the disease. The more you know about it, the more you will be able to understand it and take protective measures.
• Stay connected to your friends and family members. You cannot spread hepatitis B through casual contact and letting people know that can help you keep your support around you.
• Take good care of your liver. The most affected organ in hepatitis B is the liver. So it is imperative to take extra care of it by not indulging in habits that would cause it further damage.
• Take care of yourself. It is important to eat a healthy diet that is full of vegetables and fruits. You must also sleep enough and exercise regularly.
India comes second in the world, being one of the second highest countries with Hepatitis B patients, totaling to about 40 million. Hepatitis is considered more infectious that HIV and there are many people you could have chronic Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and are not even aware of it. Not being aware of Hepatitis can lead to liver cancer and cirrhosis.
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