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Knowing the Symptoms of Liver Disease

Cirrhosis of the liver

As hepatic disease progresses and reaches the stage of cirrhosis, the following symptoms of liver disease may often appear.

  • A tendency to bruise more easily. This is because the liver is no longer able to efficiently clot the bloodItchiness. The result of bile salts being deposited in the skin can cause itching
  • Enlarged male breasts. This is a condition known as gynecomatia and can be brought about by upsetting the balance of sex hormones, and an increase in the hormone estradiol in particular.
  • Erectile dysfunction. The upsetting of the balance of sex hormones can also bring about a reduction in sex drive and cause the testicles to shrink.
  • Feeling confused. Feelings of confusion can arise when the levels of ammonia in the bloodstream become too high. This ammonia is normally removed from the bloodstream by a healthy liver, but when liver health is compromised, the sufferer may experience feelings of confusion.
  • Feelings of lethargy. This is also potentially brought about by the increase in blood ammonia.
  • Decrease in muscle tissue. A compromised liver will also reduce its production of proteins, and this can lead to the wasting of muscle.
  • Swollen stomach veins. Because blood pressure becomes increased with a cirrhotic liver, the blood flow to that liver receives can become compromised. This may result in a swelling to the veins around the stomach area.

The unusual metabolism of fats

Another of the prime symptoms of liver disease is the abnormal metabolism of fats, which can manifest itself in the following ways:

  • Elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, at the same time as decreased levels of HDL cholesterol.
  • Hypertension or blood pressure caused by your blood vessels becoming blocked by fatty deposits. This can also potentially lead to stroke and heart attack.
  • Fatty tumors and lymphomas developing in the skin
  • Significant weight gain that could lead to obesity
  • Difficulty in losing weight, even though you may be dieting
  • A sluggishly slow metabolism
  • Bloated stomach
  • The appearance of cellulite
  • Developing a roll of fat around the upper abdomen your own armchair.

Symptoms to look for with your digestive system

The symptoms of liver disease can also be seen in relation to the digestive system and can include things like:

  • Constipation
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Indigestion and/or reflux
  • The inability to tolerate alcohol
  • The inability to tolerate fatty food
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Symptoms relating to blood sugar levels

The symptoms of liver damage that relate to blood sugar include things like:

  • Developing a craving for sweets things
  • Unstable levels of sugar in the blood, also known as hypoglycaemia
  • The onset, in later life, of type II diabetes

Symptoms relating to your immune system

Poor liver health can also affect your immune system in which case the symptoms of liver disease to watch out for include:

  • Developing new, allergies such as asthma, hay fever, and hives
    excessive itching
  • Developing skin rashes
  • An increased incidence of autoimmune disease
  • Developing fibromyalgia
  • An increase in the incidence of viral and bacterial infections

Spot the symptoms of liver damage and give your liver the chance to recover

The health of your liver, is not only crucial for a continued holistic health lifestyle, but is essential for any type of healthy lifestyle. The power of the liver to heal itself from many diseases brought about by alcoholic or non-alcoholic fatty liver is quite amazing; provided that the disease is spotted early; so knowing what the potential symptoms of liver disease are, as discussed above, and keeping a watchful eye out for them is absolutely crucial.

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