There are many liver disease signs to be aware of. Fatty liver is one of them. Another is steatosis. And yet another is jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and whites that can occur with liver disease. But what are the other signs of liver disease?
Simple fatty liver: This is simply when there’s fatty liver, without much other damage or inflammation to the organ. Most of the symptoms of fatty liver come from fatty foods like those that are fried, red meat, milk and cheese. But this is not always the case. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) means that there’s little inflammation or injury to the liver. A person with NAFLD doesn’t get fatty liver from drinking too much alcohol, or eating fatty foods. But most likely, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is the cause of the disease.
But what about the increased risk of liver cancer? Increased risk of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer often appear at the same time. One of the earlier research studies reported that those who drink heavily are also at an increased risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver – and this increased risk of liver cirrhosis was shown to be genetic. So we’ve known for a while that alcohol use increases the risk of cirrhosis. But is there a link between NAFLD and cancer?
Fatigue: One of the liver disease signs is fatigue. But not just any tired. Fatigue symptoms can include fatigue, shortness of breath, insomnia, loss of appetite, and depression. And, one of the possible symptoms of NAFLD is increased weight loss, which can be seen as a symptom of liver disease.
Infections: Viral infections can be a cause of liver disease. Hepatitis can cause inflammation of the tissues, and it can be a cause of viral infections. Viral infections like hepatitis A, B, C and K are typically associated with cirrhosis, and the inflammation may be due to rupture of scar tissues, or inflammation of the membranes. This inflammation can cause cellular rupture, and this rupture is the primary cause of damage to blood cells and to the lining of blood vessels.
Bile Reflux: Another liver problems indicator is acid reflux. Acid reflux can be very painful, and it can also cause serious damage in the body. It’s believed that some cases of cirrhosis are caused by abnormal bleeding from the liver due to insufficient production of bile. Normal liver function allows bile acids to be reabsorbed into the bloodstream, and there are some medications that can reduce the acid production in the liver cells. Some people with cirrhosis can take antacids, or NSAIDS, to reduce the inflammation caused by fatty liver disease.
Loss of Liver Function: One of the symptoms of liver disorder is liver failure. This can occur when the liver isn’t getting enough nutrients to function properly. Some people have an increased need for vitamin D and vitamin A in their diet, while others may have a deficiency in these vitamins. In either case, the liver is not producing the healthy substances needed to maintain a healthy liver structure, and without these substances, the liver has no way to get the nutrients it needs to function properly.
Alcohol: Alcohol use can cause both acute and chronic liver disorder, depending on the amount and frequency of alcohol consumed. If a person drinks heavily (more than 20 drinks a week), they are more likely to suffer with this liver disorder than a light drinker. The problem with alcohol is that over time, the body suffers a buildup of toxins, and some of these become stored in the liver cells. This means that alcoholics must do whatever they can to keep their liver healthy and functioning at all times.