As many other diseases also liver disease has its symptoms, which if are diagnosed early enough, can be treated and cured (causes will be identified), and the liver can fully recover.
The largest internal organ that you have in your body is your liver (and the largest internal gland). Normal liver in a healthy adult will weigh around 3 to 3.5, and plays a key role in many body systems functions.
Liver disease can be caused by a number of different ways.
- Liver tissue can be damaged and attacked by toxins
- The accumulation of cholesterol can occur
- The passage of bile can be plugged, as in cholestasis
- The cells can be lit, as well as the hepatitis
- The blood flow in the liver can be damaged
- Cirrhosis of the liver and alcohol abuse – Alcohol is the most common cause of liver disease in North America.
The classic symptoms of liver diseases
The most common symptoms of liver disease include:
- yellowing of the skin, which can often be recorded in the whites of the eyes
- Increased tendency to sweat
- Black circles under the eyes
- Inflamed feet and hands
- Brown spots on the skin
- Colorless stool
- Red face look
- Swollen eyes
- Pain – which is felt in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen
- Bad body odor
- Furred tongue
- Bad breath
- Some people also suffer from weight loss and fatigue.
These symptoms of liver disease are closely linked with the disease hepatitis in general. But there are also many special, different diseases that affect the liver, and each of them has its own specific symptoms.
Symptoms of liver disease are associated with gallstones, often include vomiting (after eating greasy or fatty meal); pain in the upper right abdomen; and if the gallbladder becomes infected, it will also bring a fever
Cirrhosis of the liver
If the liver disease progresses to cirrhosis, the following symptoms will be present.
- Enlarged male breasts. This condition is known as gynecomatia and can be achieved by an imbalance of sex hormones and an increase of the hormone oestradiol.
- Erectile dysfunction. An imbalance of sex hormones can cause the testicles to shrink and lead to a decrease in sexual desire.
- Reduction of muscle tissue. Compromised liver will also reduce its production of proteins, and this can lead to muscle wasting.
- Tendency to easily get bruise. This is because the liver function to effectively clot blood is no longer available.
- Itching may be caused as a consequence of the bile salt deposited in the skin.
- Feeling confusion. When the ammonia levels in the blood become too high feelings of confusion can arise. This ammonia is usually removed from the blood by a healthy liver, but when the health of the liver is bad, the patient is more likely to experience a sense of confusion.
- Feelings of lethargy. It is also caused by an increase in blood ammonia.
- Abnormal metabolism (your metabolism) is still one of the main symptoms of liver disease, which may manifest itself in:
Reduced level of HDL cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, in the same time.
Blood pressure or hypertension is caused by blood vessel blocked by fatty deposits. It can also potentially lead to heart attack and stroke.
Lymphomas and fatty tumors developing in the skin
Significant weight gain that could lead to obesity
Difficulty in losing weight, even if a person is on a diet
The appearance of cellulite all over the body
Problems in the digestive system
You can see the symptoms of the disease of the liver in relation to the gastrointestinal tract, such as:
- Inability to tolerate alcohol
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Indigestion and / or reflux
- Inability to tolerate fatty foods
- Symptoms related to blood sugar levels
Some of the symptoms of diseased liver related to the blood sugar levels are:
- The onset of type II diabetes, in later life,
- The craving for sweet things
- Hypoglycemia, unstable blood sugar levels
- Symptoms related to immune system
Poor liver health can also affect the immune system, some of the symptoms are:
- A higher incidence of viral and bacterial infections
- Developing fibromyalgia
- The development of skin rash
- Developing new, allergies such as hay fever, hives and asthma
- Excessive itching
- An increased incidence of auto-immune diseases
Liver health, it is essential for any kind of healthy lifestyle. Power of the liver to heal from many diseases caused by alcohol is pretty amazing, that’s if the disease is diagnosed early.