1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease.

It could be anyone. It could be you. #Tooclose4Comfort

Liver disease can be just as deadly as cancer, come on as suddenly as a heart attack and be as difficult to manage as diabetes. The difference is that most people understand and worry more about these health issues than they do about liver disease. 

Obesity linked to dramatic rise in liver disease: Alarming new statistics show that 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease

Ten years ago, we said that 1 in 10 Canadians were at risk for liver disease. Today the numbers are much higher. According to available data, 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease. The shift is due in large part to the rise of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease but the numbers also include hepatitis B and C, alcoholic liver disease, autoimmune liver diseases, children’s liver diseases, liver cancer and more.

Liver Disease: #TooClose4Comfort.

“When my newborn daughter had jaundice and wasn’t growing and thriving as she should, our doctor initially thought it might have something to do with poor quality breast milk. At 8 weeks, Kyla was diagnosed with biliary atresia.” #Tooclose4comfort

“It all started with our three-year-old having tummy aches that were happening more and more often. We thought it was some sort of bug at first but then she started sleeping 12-13 hours a night and then napping three hours during the day. Finally when she started losing her appetite, we took her into our family doctor. After many weeks of tests, ER visits and scans, she was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis.” #Tooclose4comfort
 Read Alessandria's story

“My dad struggled with his weight almost all his life. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at age 44 in 1989, he found it hard to stick to a healthy diet. While he could see how this affected his blood sugar, he had no idea what he was doing to his liver. Neither did his doctors. In August 2010, my father died from liver failure.” #Tooclose4comfort  
Read Irwin's story

Public Service Announcement

Liver disease is #TooClose4Comfort and we want everyone to know it. Help us encourage individuals, health care providers and governments to pay more attention to this critical health issue and to support CLF's efforts to promote prevention, to find treatments and cures and to support those living with liver disease.

The time to act is now!

Here is what you can do to help yourself and others.

  • Be informed.- Learn more about liver disease and liver health.
  • Discover your risk.- Complete the Liver disease Quiz and Viral Hepatitis online questionnaire.
  • Join the community.- Become a volunteer, attend a CLF event, give liver disease a voice
  • Help us bring liver research to life.- Invest in liver health, every donation leads to life-saving research, much-needed patient support and public education.
  • Share your story.- Join the conversation on social media by posting and sharing a photo with #TooClose4Comfort. Share it on our Facebook page and tag us on Twitter @CdnLiverFdtn and be sure to share it with your networks too.

#TooClose4Comfort.There are over 100 different forms of liver disease that affect children men and women. Click on the images below to read each personal story

Faith Natalie
Bianca  Charlotte  Chloe

Ruth &  Brande  Trisha Leigh Debbie Mike