If liver disease is spotted early, it can be cured avoiding the causes in future, thus fully recovering through growing a new tissue, as long as the illness is not allowed to progress very fast. For that reason, it is very important to know the warning signs. This is the largest internal organ and the largest internal gland which plays an important role in a number of body system functions such as: blood detoxification, digestive system enhancing through creating a bile that breaks down the fats, iron and vitamins storage in the body, glucose storage, glucose converting into sugar when sugar levels are depleted, hemoglobin, insulin and other hormones processing, converts ammonia into urea, old red blood cells eliminating. The disease of the liver is often referred as hepatic disease and when any type of this disease affects more than 3 quarters of the liver tissue a significantly increase in liver function can be detected.
Causes. This disease can be brought up in a number of various ways: the tissue may be attacked and damaged by toxins, the flow of blood in the organ can be damaged, a build-up of cholesterol may appear, the passage of the bile may be obstructed, and the cells may be inflamed like in hepatitis.
Cirrhosis and alcohol abuse. This is the most common liver disease in North America and that happens when the liver sustains severe scarring and is not able to regenerate replacement tissue. More than 25,000 people died because of this disease.
The most frequent and common symptoms. Coated tongue, brown blemishes on the skin, bad body odor, black circles beneath the eyes, bad breath, discolored stools, flushed face appearance, swollen eyeballs, inflamed palms and soles of the feet, fatigue, weight loss, nausea, jaundice – skin yellowing which can also occur in the whites of the eyes, increased tendency to perspire excessively, and pain – felt in the uppermost right hand quadrant of the abdomen. Most of the symptoms relate to hepatic disease in general, but there are many different diseases which affect the liver having specific symptoms.
Gallstones. When the symptoms of the liver disease are connected with gallstones, they include upper right quadrant abdomen pain, vomiting if eating fatty or greasy meal, and fever if the gallbladder becomes infected.
Cirrhosis of the liver. These are the symptoms which may appear if the hepatic disease progresses and reaches the stage of cirrhosis: easy bruising, itchiness, enlarged male breasts, erectile dysfunction, feeling confused, and feelings of lethargy, muscle tissue decreasing, and swollen stomach veins.
Abnormal metabolism of fats. This is yet another symptom of liver disease which manifests itself in the following way: bloated stomach, sluggishly slow metabolism, difficulty in losing weight, weight gain which can lead to obesity, elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and decreased levels of HDL cholesterol, hypertension of blood pressure, fatty tumors and lymphomas developing in the skin, developing a roll of fat around the upper abdomen, and appearance of cellulite.
Symptoms of liver disease may be related to the digestive system. Those are: hemorrhoids, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, inability to tolerate fatty food, inability to tolerate alcohol, indigestion and/or reflux.
Symptoms of liver damage related to blood sugar. They are: onset of type 2 diabetes in later life, hypoglycemia, and craving for sweet things.
Poor liver health can affect the immune system. They include: developing skin rashes; excessive itching; developing new allergies like hay fever, asthma, and hives; increased incidence of autoimmune disease; increased intolerance of viral and bacterial infections; and developing fibromyalgia.
Healthy liver is important for any type of healthy lifestyle. It has the power to heal itself from many diseases brought by alcoholic or non-alcoholic fatty liver. So, keep an eye on those symptoms.
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