How Healthy is Artie Lange's Poor Liver...

I’m a huge Howard Stern fan and I love sidekick Artie Lange. He’s hilarious, but very unhealthy. Artie’s a recovering drug addict and heavy drinker. He’s obese, smokes and loves cupcakes and fast food. Now, Artie knows he’s a mess and is trying to get better, but for some reason he is always worried about his liver, it’s a running joke, but I was curious. So, I asked Dr. Fuhrman what liver health might mean for somebody with Artie’s past:

The leading cause of death for obese people is heart disease, not liver failure. But, the problem is they can suffer tremendously with heart failure, circulatory impairment, swollen legs, infections and pain before they die.

Abnormalities on a "liver function" blood test occur because dying and injured liver cells give off enzymes as they die into the blood stream. Fortunately the liver is a forgiving organ and can regenerate and heal itself before something like cirrhosis sets in.

Nevertheless, if your habits are so poor to injure your liver you have most likely also damaged other organs.

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McBloggenstein - May 11, 2009 6:53 PM

You'd better watch out, Artie might throw some cd's at you while you're there tonight for Lisa G's dating game.

Gerry Pugliese - May 11, 2009 6:59 PM

Hey Bloggy-

Ha! Luckily I'd dodge the bullet. Gary's horrible pitch is now fodder for days!


Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) - May 11, 2009 8:17 PM

This might be the best blog post title ever. I don't know why I was so amused by it- but I was.

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