15 Signs of Liver Disease That Could Save Your Life
(HealthAndLovePage) The liver is the largest gland in the human body. It is also one of the most important ones. That’s why it is very important to recognize the symptoms of liver disease. This disease can be life-threatening and it can seriously affect the health condition of any individual.
Although this disease is not frequent it is known as one of the deadliest. If the disease has progressed very far, it is very difficult (maybe impossible) to heal it. The liver has an average weight of 3,5 pounds and it is 6,4 inches long, 8 inches wide and about 4,5 inches thick which means that this is the largest organ in the system. This organ can be separated into two basic elements – a small left lobe and a larger right lobe.
What does the liver do?
- Breaks down hormones.
- Purifies the blood and clears the impurities that accumulate in the blood.
- Creates and secretes bile to assist the body’s efforts to absorb fat.
- Filters water and removes all toxins, alcohol and drugs.
- Decomposes dangerous chemicals.
- Stores and takes care of toxins that cannot be decomposed.
The modern unhealthy dieting is ruining your health. The fast food you consume when you don’t have enough time (and this is something that happens quite often these days) has a strong negative impact on the liver. For example, when you consume fatty food in large quantities, you also increase the levels of alanine aminotransferase. This is an enzyme that shows liver damage and increases the chances for developing hepatitis C and type 2 diabetes.However, it is not only the poor eating habits that causes problems in the liver – drinking alcohol and other potentially dangerous beverages can also have negative impact on the liver. There are several liver diseases related to poor drinking habits and one of the deadliest ones is cirrhosis. More than 25.000 people in North America die as a result of this vicious disease.
15 Common Signs of Liver Disease
- Strong body odor.
- Bad breath (halitosis).
- Strong puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.
- Yellowing skin.
- Unusual brown spots on the skin all over the body.
- Discoloration of urine and stool.
- Tender and/or swollen eyeballs.
- Sudden and frequent cravings for sweet things or food in general – usually linked with type 2 diabetes and unstable blood sugar levels.
- Much slower ability to metabolize fats – small fatty tumors just under the skin, bloating, weight gain and hypertension.
- Problems in the digestive system – irritable bowel syndrome, inability to properly manage food and drink, constipation, indigestion and hemorrhoids.
- Experiencing bruises more easily and frequently.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Enlarged male breasts.
- Abdominal pain in the right upper section.
Your liver is one of the vital organs of your body which constantly works on the improvement of your overall health. It is crucial to take proper care of it. In case you notice any of these symptoms, make sure to consult your doctor.