More than 2 lakh people in India need a liver transplant every year. Less than 2% get it. For those who don’t, there is a new hope.
Indian doctors are working on a therapy that focuses on strengthening such patients’ muscles so they can partially support the liver in metabolism. It involves appropriate nutrition and exercises, said Dr S K Sarin, director of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS).
ILBS, on the occasion of the World Liver Day, launched ‘Li-hab’ or a liver rehabilitation centre where the new therapy for liver patients will be conducted. It will involve putting patients on special, protein rich diet and resistant exercises.
This therapy has been tried in other countries and, last week, scientists from Denmark shared its success story in Paris in the European Association for Study of the Liver, Sarin said.
Read more of this in a report by Durgesh Nanadan published in The Times of India...