Liver damage isn’t just caused by drinking alcohol. Review these signs that you may need to see a doctor.
The liver is one of the largest organs in the body and necessary to keep you alive. Some of the livers functions are: helping blood clot; keeping fluid in the blood to prevent body swelling; absorbing food nutrients; helping fight infections; and most importantly filtering toxins from the intestines before it goes into the body’s blood circulation.
The liver can become damaged by alcohol consumption, overweight and obesity, medications (prescribed and non-prescribed), genetic predisposition, and unrelated viruses or diseases. Liver damage does not have to be a death sentence. Knowing the signs are key to seeking medical assistance and early treatment. Knowing some causes of liver damage can be key to preventing liver damage.
Read through the signs below and share what you think.
- Abdominal pain in the upper right abdomen caused by the liver swelling.
- Bruising easily due to improper clotting.
- Fatigue and weakness because the liver maybe over worked and isn’t fight infection, absorbing nutrients or filtering toxins properly.
- GI Bleeding (Gastrointestinal) with signs of blood in vomit and/or stool because a sick liver can cause the stomach and esophagus to be irritated and swell.
- Itchy skin due to bile ducts problems. Typically itchy areas are the ear canals, bottoms of the feet, and face skin.
- Loss of appetite mainly because of abdominal pain but also because the abdomen may feel full from the excess fluids in the abdomen.
- Mental confusion due to a build up of toxins in the body going to the brain, effecting mood, memory, focus, even resulting in coma and death if not treated properly.
- Swelling in the legs and abdomen due to a fluid buildup outside of the blood stream.
- Yellowish skin and eyes (jaundice) is an indicator that toxins are accumulating in the body because they are not being filtered out by the liver.
Some Standard Prevention:
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Maintain a healthy weight
- A balance diet low in fat and salt
- Regular exercise to aid circulation
- Proper medication use
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