You can save your life by knowing how to recognize symptoms of liver disease. If spotted early, it can be treated in time so that it can recover fully and grown new healthy tissue. Don`t allow the disease to progress too far, learn how to recognize the warning signs.
Organ and gland
Liver is both largest internal organ and gland, in healthy adults it weights between 3-3.5 pounds, and it`s very important for various body functions.
The main role of the liver is detoxification of the body and creating bile to improve the digestive system, so that fats are broken down to smaller pieces and easily absorbed in the small intestine. Other functions of the liver:
- Filtering unwanted, dangerous substances, like drugs or alcohol
- Storing glucose
- Storing some vitamins and iron
- Producing bile
- Converting glucose into sugar which is used by the body when sugar levels get too low
- Eliminating old red blood cells
- Producing haemoglobin, insulin and other hormones
- Converting ammonia into urea
Our well-being is compromised by damaged liver, it can even be fatal if the condition is serious. So it`s very important to keep it safe and healthy.
Hepatic disease is another term for liver disease. If it affects up to ¾ of the liver tissue, a significant increase in liver function can be noticed.
Causes of liver damage
- Inflamed cells, caused by hepatitis
- Obstructed bile passage, like in cholestasis
- Cholesterol built-up
- Damaged blood flow to the liver
- Damaged liver tissue by toxins
Cirrhosis and alcohol abuse
Alcohol abuse is the most common cause of liver damage in North America. Cirrhosis is the final stage of liver damage, responsible for over 25,000 death cases every year in North America. It`s when the liver tissue is so scarred, it can`t be regenerated.
- Discolored stool
- Pain in the uppermost right hand part of the abdomen
- Coated tongue
- Facial flushes
- Bad breath
- Black undereye circles
- Dark blemishes
- Swollen eyeballs
- Bad odor of the body
- Inflamed palms and feet
- Excessive perspiration.
Fatigue and weight loss
Symptoms linked to hepatic disease.
Symptoms of liver disease also associated with gallstones like vomiting, or pain in the upper right part of the abdomen, or fever.
Symptoms of cirrhosis
- Enlarged male breasts, called gynecomastia, caused by unbalanced sex hormones
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased muscle tissue
- Tendency to bruise easily because the liver is unable to clot the blood properly
- Feeling of confusion from elevated levels of ammonia in the bloodstream
- Swollen stomach veins, from increased blood pressure.
Irregular metabolism of fats
Unusual metabolism of fats is another common symptom of damaged liver manifested by:
- Hypertension, caused by blocked blood vessels due to fatty deposits
- Bloated stomach
- Increased levels of LDL and triglycerides
- Difficulty in losing weight
- Weight gain
- Fatty tumors and lymphomas
- Slower metabolism
- Fat deposits around upper abdomen.
Symptoms from the digestive system
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inability to tolerate fatty food or alcohol.
Symptoms linked to blood sugar levels
- Cravings for sweet food
- Onset of type II diabetes
- Unstable blood sugar levels, called hypoglycemia
Symptoms linked to immune system
- Development of skin rashes
- Development of new allergies, like hives or asthma
- Increased occurrence of bacterial or viral infections, as well as autoimmune diseases
- Development of fibromyalgia.
Give your liver a chance to repair by spotting the symptoms in time
Healthy liver is very important for healthy body and lifestyle. This organ has the ability to heal itself, it the damage is spotted in time. Keep an eye on these signals your body is sending.