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The liver is an organ that plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body including glycogen storage, plasma protein synthesis, and drug detoxification.

Diabetes & Liver Edit

The relationship between diabetes and the risk of heart disease and stroke is well known. But diabetes also adversely affects the liver, causing liver diseases and even liver cancer.

Some ailments of the liver, such as hemochromatosis, may cause diabetes or increase the risk of diabetes.

Moreover, some medicines to treat certain liver ailments may increase blood sugar. Some of the medicines increasing blood sugars are certain types of steroids.

On the other hand, diabetes can also induce certain types of liver complications and diseases. Certain medicines to lower cholesterol may cause liver damage.

If blood sugar is not controlled, there is a risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or steatohepatitis. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is one of the major causes of cirrhosis of the liver.

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