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CAPE GAZETTE - Wednesday, December 27 - Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 27 Does coffee slow damage to liver from alcohol consumption?- Q.: I&apos;m a social drinker who has several glasses of wine every evening, but I'm told I can avoid any liver damage if I drink plenty of coffee. Sounds ridiculous. What do you think? A.: There was a study of more than 125,000 people who drank coffee. The study, published this year, showed that one cup of cof- fee a day cut the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver by 20 per- cent. Four cups a day reduced the risk by 80 percent. It's not known yet why the study shows coffee protected livers. Even social drinkers can devel- op cirrhosis, a condition that caus- es irreversible damage to the liver. Whether you get cirrhosis depends upon the amount of alco- hol you drink and a predisposition for the condition. If you drink a lot of alcohol, you will hurt your liver. However, you will not necessarily get cir- Fred Cicetti Dr. Charles Curry Dr. Charles Curry recently joined the medical staff at Delaware Eye Institute. Curry is a highly experienced and well- trained ophthalmologist who has been in private practice for more than five years in Indiana. He brings with him expertise gar- nered from thousands of intraocu- lar surgeries. Delaware Eye Institute sur- geons Dr. David Robinson and Dr. Frederick Cook, following an exhaustive two-year search, hand- picked Curry because of his skill, integrity and compassion with patients. Curry, a board-certified oph- HEALTHY GEEZER rhosis. You have a one-in-three chance of getting cirrhosis if you drink 8 to 16 ounces of liquor a day (or the equivalent in other aleohtllic drinks) for 15 years or more. More men than women get cir- rhosis. There is a theory that more men get cirrhosis because they're heavier drinkers. Women can't tolerate as much alcohol as men can. Studies show that a much higher percentage of women, consuming less alcohol than men, suffer from cirrhosis. In the United States, excessive alcohol consumption is the single greatest risk factor for cirrhosis. Chronic infection with the hepati- tis C virus is the second leading cause of cirrhosis. The liver, which is located in the upper right side of the abdomen, is the largest organ in the human body. It weighs about 3 pounds and is, believe it or not, about the size of a football. You cannot live without a liver. The liver is a multipurpose organ that performs hundreds of tasks. Among its functions are the digestion of fats, removal of harmful substances from blood, production of cholesterol, control of infections and the coagulation of blood. In cirrhosis of the liver, scar tis- joins staff at Delaware Eye Institute thalmologist, is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Wake Forest CURRY University Eye Center. Curry's practice covers a wide spectrum of ophthalmic condi- tions. He has special clinical interest in small incision, no-stitch cataract surgery, including use of state-of-the-art presbyopic intraocular lens implants. Other areas of clinical interest include glaucoma treatment, the treatment of eye disease due to diabetes, and routine eye exams. Individuals wishing to make an appointment with Curry or any Delaware Eye Institute physician may call 645-2333 or 934-4400. Additional information is avail- able at Intemal Medicine and Geriatrics Opening Jan 2 "d 2007 New Patients Welcome! Medicare and most insurances For appointments call now: 302-725-0661 Outpatient and inpatient Board Certified in Internal Medicine an, sussexmed@t (Dr. Sehgal is no longer associated with Palekar iiii '  : i , :1i:!:;:i::i:ii:i:;::  :: ::iiii : i;iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiii iii ;i iiii:iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii:  :  :"'<"  : .................... * ......................... /" ::::i::::: ::ii ............... i::" i "  ............................ iY: :: :' ::', sue replaces healthy tissue; this blocks blood flow through the liver and prevents it from working efficiently. At the onset of cirrhosis, there may be no symptoms. As the liver deteriorates, the following may occur: internal bleeding, fluid retention in the legs and feet, bruising, yellow skin and eyes, fluid in the abdomen, itchy hands and feet, dark urine, loss of appetite and weight, nausea, fatigue and red spider veins. Although liver damage from cirrhosis is irreversible, treatment can help prevent more damage and reduce complications. Giving up alcohol is the primary treat- ment. Improving nula-ition is often part of treatment, too. A doctor can diagnose cirrhosis through symptoms, a medical his- tory, a physical exam and tests. Tests that are often used in diag- nosis include a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, ultra- sound, magnetic resonance:imag- ing (MRI), or a scan using a radioactive substance that high- lights the liver. A doctor might look at the liver using an instrument that is insert- ed into the abdomen. A liver biop- sy - tissue sample -can confh'm a diagnosis. Editor's note: Fred Cicetti is a first-class geezer over 60 who writes a health column for senior citizens. Entail questions to fred- cicetti @ Kent, Sussex & Lower New Castle Counties don Laundry  Linen Waddng 24 Hour Care Respite Care Call for a FREE in-home consultation 302-422-0955 Toll Free 866-440-4860 Over 500 hdependendy Owned and Operated Otces Nationwide NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS The Delaware Eye Institute is pleased to announce the newest addition to our medical staff- CHARLES D. CURRY, M.D. A Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in no-stitch cataract surgery, laser surgery, treatment of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and primary eye care. Robinson & Cook Delaware Eye Institute Rehoboth Beach Millsboro 302-645-2300 302-934-4400