Do you know someone who is waiting for a life-saving liver transplant? You can help them by becoming a living-liver donor.\nThe liver\u2019s unique ability to regenerate, or regrow, makes it possible to donate a portion of your healthy liver to replace someone\u2019s damaged liver. Both livers will regenerate, or regrow, within about three months.\n\n \n Click Here to Learn More about Receiving a liver transplant. Contact UPMC.\n \nFill out the form below or call 833-683-3555 for more information. \nLearn more and register today by visiting UPMC.com\/LivingDonor.\n \r\n \r\n Find more information on transplant services \r\n \r\n Enter your email to subscribe\r\n \r\n \r\n\t \r\n \r\n Continue\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n I understand that by providing my email address, I agree to receive emails from UPMC. I understand that I may opt out of receiving such communications at any time.\r\n \r\n \r\n \nWith more than 14,000 Americans on the liver transplant waiting list, you can give someone else a second chance at life by becoming a living donor.\nTo be a living-liver donor you must:\n\nBe between the ages of 18 and 55\nBe in good mental and physical health with no history of liver disease, pulmonary hypertension, HIV, active cancers, or other significant diseases\nHave a body mass index (BMI) less than or equal to 32\nNot be engaged in active ongoing drug or substance abuse\nHave an unselfish desire to contribute to another person\u2019s life\n\nBefore becoming a living donor, you will undergo an extensive pre-transplant evaluation to ensure that you are healthy enough to donate.\nHow to Be a Healthy Living Donor\nLet\u2019s explore three ways you can become the healthiest living-liver donor possible.\n\n\n1. Be healthy and active\n\n\nBeing in good physical health ensures that your liver is in the best possible condition and helps to improve the outcome for both you and the recipient.\nBecause BMI is a factor in the evaluation process, it is important to maintain a healthy weight by exercising regularly and following a healthy diet. It\u2019s also wise to avoid smoking and excessive drinking. The healthier you are going into surgery, the smoother the recovery.\nFinally, getting enough sleep benefits your overall health. Sleeping for seven to eight hours a night helps your body recover from the day and can improve mental and physical health.\n\n\n2. Take care of yourself mentally and emotionally\n\n\nWhile you will experience the satisfaction of saving someone\u2019s life as a living donor, the process can be emotionally challenging. Therefore, it\u2019s very important to have a support system throughout the entire process.\nRemember, it is a big decision to become a living donor, so you should discuss it with family and friends. Take the time to talk with loved ones about why you want to be a living donor and how it will affect your life and theirs. Family and friends should be willing to support your decision.\nEvery living donor is required to have a caregiver to help them during the recovery process. When discussing your decision with loved ones, identify a person who is willing to take on that role.\nRELATED:\u00a0Living-Donor Kidney Transplant: Q&A with Dr. Amit Tevar\n3. Be well informed\nBefore you agree to become a living donor, thoroughly research the process and prepare a list of questions for the transplant team.\nWhile living organ donation can save someone\u2019s life, consider the personal risks associated with the procedure and be sure you are prepared to deal with them.\nTo learn more or to register as a living donor, visit UPMC.com\/LivingDonor.