What are your symptoms of cirrhosis?

What are your symptoms of cirrhosis?

But if you party hard, there are several  things you need to take into account.  One is your liver. Your liver breaks down  foods that you eat, converting extra carbs  and proteins into forms that can be used when  you need them. If you treat your liver poorly,  it can’t do its job. Here’s what you need  to know about Cirrhosis of the Liver. What exactly causes it? Do I have  to stop drinking altogether? What  symptoms should I watch out for?  We’re talking all that AND more.

What Exactly Is Cirrhosis of the Liver?

We need to first get an understanding of what  this disease is. To put it simply, cirrhosis  is the scarring of your liver. This damage  will stop it from functioning properly. It’s  normally caused by toxins your liver’s exposed  to, including alcohol and infectious particles. An estimated 1 in 400 American adults suffer  from cirrhosis. It’s most common among adults  between the ages of 45 to 54. Among that  demographic, the figures are about 1 in 200.  Some experts state that the numbers may be even  greater, since cirrhosis often goes undiagnosed. Now, the liver is a really tough  organ. When it’s being attacked,  it has the ability to regenerate cells  fairly easily. In order to develop cirrhosis,  these attacks have to be fairly frequent.  So if you’re partying it up every night,  you’re more likely to suffer from cirrhosis  compared to people who take it easy. What’s the longest you’ve partied without  stopping? Did it take a physical toll on your  body? How long did it take for you to recover?  Sound off in the comment section, and start a  conversation with our Bestie community… How Does Cirrhosis Develop? Like I said, your organ needs to be getting  attacked frequently for the disease to set in.  When your liver is being abused, it begins to  shrivel up and shrink. This makes it so much  harder for the organ to perform. Your blood won’t  be able to properly carry the nutrients into the  liver from the portal vein. As a result, your  portal vein will increase in blood pressure. This results in a condition called portal  hypertension. As your blood pressure increases,  your veins get backed up, causing them  to burst and bleed. Studies show that  portal hypertension is common among 25% of  people with non-alcoholic liver disease.

What Causes Cirrhosis of the Liver

When it comes to taking care of your liver,  there are a few things you should watch out  for. But with cirrhosis in particular,  you need to consider the following…Alcohol. We’ve danced around this one for the last  couple minutes. But yes, drinking a lot of  booze will almost surely result in cirrhosis  of the liver. When you think about cirrhosis,  you normally picture a person with a drinking  problem. And you’d be right to think this way.  The more you drink, the greater your  chances are of getting the disease. Of course, this usually takes years to develop,  10 – 12 on average. But the heavier a person’s  consumption, the faster cirrhosis happens.  This is different for men and women. Experts  say that more than 3 drinks a day can put  you on course for cirrhosis of the liver.  As for women, it’s about 2 drinks a day. Hepatitis CHep C is a viral infection that damages the liver.  You can get it through either sexual intercourse,  or exposure to infected blood. The exposure  to infected blood is something that can  happen after getting injected with a dirty  needle. Just the act of getting a tattoo or  piercing can put you at risk. With that said,  you’re more likely to get it through drug use. Between 130 to 150 million people  around the world have hepatitis C.  Studies show that close to half a million  infected people die from this each year. Obesity Now this one isn’t as common a cause for  cirrhosis, but it still needs to be mentioned.  Obesity is a crisis around the world. As of 2016,  around 650 million adults worldwide were obese.  Almost 2 billion are overweight altogether.Obesity can directly affect your  organs, specifically your liver.  If it’s not cirrhosis, it normally leads to some  other liver disease. This is due to your diet  not providing the proper nutrients. It results  in your liver having very little to work with.

So What Are The Symptoms?

Nosebleeds.

Now this is certainly not one of the things you  would normally associate with liver disease.  Believe it or not, nosebleeds  are pretty common with cirrhosis.  This is because your liver is no longer  strong enough to help with blood clotting.

Jaundice.

This is a fancy medical term for ‘yellowing skin’.  That’s right, when your liver is severely  damaged, you’re probably going to notice strange  bruise-like marks around your body. This is  because your liver isn’t removing your bilirubin.  This is a yellowish pigment that occurs  when your red blood cells are breaking down.

Loss of Appetite.

Cirrhosis can lead to loss of appetite. You  see, a person with a bad liver is going to be  feeling a ton of discomfort throughout their body,  particularly in the abdomen. Eating large meals  will disturb this part of your body. As a result,  you’re going to be pickier with your meals.

Weight Loss.

A person suffering from cirrhosis of the liver  is going to lose weight quicker than healthier  people. Your body is unable to process food  the same way. Not to mention, you’re probably  not eating as much as you usually do. Studies have  shown that people with non-alcoholic liver disease  see some type of weight loss due to malnutrition.  A large percentage of the time, this liver disease  will progress to cirrhosis. This sometimes  happens over a period of as many as 15 years.

Weakness & Fatigue.

Once again, this is due to your body’s  inability to process the right nutrients.  If you’re not getting enough nutrients,  you won’t have enough energy.  This leaves you feeling tired throughout the  day. Your muscles will also start to weaken.  This happens in almost 40% of  people with cirrhosis of the liver.

Itchiness.

Have you been scratching away for no apparent  reason? Has this habit lasted for a long time?  Well you might want to get your liver checked  out. When a person suffers from cirrhosis,  higher levels of bile salt will collect underneath  your skin. This will cause severe itching.

Spider-Shaped Veins.

Has it ever looked like your veins were about  to burst out of your skin? Were they really  blue and weird looking? Well that would  be another reason to talk to a doctor.  Spider-shaped veins are especially common in  people suffering from alcohol-related cirrhosis. Before we continue, are you  going on a low carb diet?  

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