Signs and Symptoms of Liver Disease
Early signs of liver disease often include general gastrointestinal complaints that commonly are associated with many other conditions. In some cases, early liver disease symptoms are not noticeable.
General symptoms of liver disease include the following:
- Abdominal pain (located on the right side of the body, beneath the ribs)
- Abnormal stools
- Flu-like symptoms (e.g., fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle or joint pain, fever)
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling of abdomen and/or legs
Symptoms that are more specific to liver problems include the following:
- Bleeding and bruising more easily
- Dark urine
- Jaundie (i.e., yellowing of skin/eyes)
- Sensitivity to medications (e.g., experiencing stronger side effects)
Liver disease may cause toxins that are normally filtered out of the blood by the liver to accumulate in the brain.
Symptoms due to toxins
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
- Mental confusion
- Sleep disturbances
When normal liver function decreases, the following complications can occur:
- Decreased mental function, severe mental confusion, coma
- Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
- Immune system impairment, increasing the risk for infections
- Insulin resistance that can develop into type 2 diabetes
- Kidney dysfunction and kidney failure
- Osteoporosis (bone loss)
- Severe jaundice
- Severe itching
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Weakness, muscle loss
To prevent liver disease:
Drink alcohol in moderation
For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. Heavy or high-risk drinking is defined as more than eight drinks a week for women and more than 15 drinks a week for men.
If you’re at increased risk of contracting hepatitis or if you’ve already been infected with any form of the hepatitis virus, talk to your doctor about getting the hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines.
Use medications wisely
Take prescription and nonprescription drugs only when needed and only in recommended doses. Don’t mix medications and alcohol. Talk to your doctor before mixing herbal supplements or prescription or nonprescription drugs.
Avoid contact with other people’s blood and body fluids
Hepatitis viruses can be spread by accidental needle sticks or improper cleanup of blood or body fluids.
Take care with aerosol sprays
Make sure the room is ventilated, and wear a mask when spraying insecticides, fungicides, paint and other toxic chemicals. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Protect your skin
When using insecticides and other toxic chemicals, wear gloves, long sleeves, a hat and a mask.
Maintain a healthy weight
Obesity can cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Eat health supplement
Liver carries more than 500 vital chemical activities in the body. The liver is the only member that can repair itself if damaged. Excessive fat accumulation in the liver cells and infiltration of the mediastinal spaces leading to inflammation of the liver and damage to its cells that called fatty liver disease. Fatty liver can be converted to hepatitis, fibrosis, and liver cancer, if not treated promptly.
Due to the high importance of this member, the Canadian Viva Pharmacy Company has produced a product called Liveria. Some of Liveria’s functions are as follows:
- Prevention of fatty liver
- Improved fatty liver
- Lower levels of liver enzymes
- Liver regeneration
- Maintain healthy and normal liver function