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Love Your Liver road show to visit Highland capital as British Liver Trust warns one in five adults in Scotland may be unaware they have disease

By Val Sweeney

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The Love Your Liver road show will visit Inverness at the start of a Scotland-wide tour.
The Love Your Liver road show will visit Inverness at the start of a Scotland-wide tour.

A road show inviting people to discover their risk of getting liver disease will begin a Scotland-wide tour in Inverness on Sunday.

The Love Your Liver mobile screening and scanning unit will be in Falcon Square between 10am and 4pm.

People will have the chance for free liver health scanning using a non-invasive device.

There will also be expert guidance from healthcare professionals on keeping your liver healthy plus advice on diet, exercise and healthy living.

The road show, organised by the British Liver Trust, is visiting six locations in Scotland.

The charity said one in five adults in Scotland may be walking around with liver disease and be completely unaware because there are usually no symptoms in the early stages.

Chief executive Pamela Healy said: “One in three of us are at risk of liver disease and the numbers of people being diagnosed increased at an alarming rate during the pandemic.

"Liver damage develops silently with no signs or symptoms and people often don’t realise they have a problem until it is too late.

"Although the liver is remarkably resilient, if left until symptoms appear, the damage is often irreversible.

"The Love Your Liver road show is a great opportunity for people to find out their risk of liver disease and the first 100 people to attend will receive a free non-invasive scan.

"Approximately 20 per cent of the people we scan need to have further checks."

The Love Your Liver campaign focuses on three steps:

* Drink within recommended limits and have three consecutive days off alcohol every week.

* Cut down on sugar, carbohydrates and fat, and take more exercise.

* Know the risk factors for viral hepatitis and get tested or vaccinated, if at risk.

Anyone wishing to be scanned at the road show should arrive early as places are limited.

People unable to attend the event can still find out if they are at risk and check their liver health online by doing the online screening test at Britishlivertrust.org.uk/screener.

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