Chronic Liver Disease Symptoms And What You Can Do To Naturally Reverse It

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There is an epidemic in the United States, and no one is talking about it. While heart health is bright in the public eye (as it should be!), another crucial organ and its illness is almost completely neglected, even as more and more people are dying from it every year.

Chronic Liver Disease Symptoms

These may be symptoms of a severely impaired liver, but do you:

  • Feel tired or fatigued even after waking up from a long sleep?
  • Feel weak or exhausted?
  • Feel nauseous for no reason?
  • Feel as though you’ve lost your appetite?
  • Feel abdominal pain?
  • Bruise easily or have spider-like veins in the skin?
  • Have yellowing of the skin and eyes?
  • Have gallstones?
  • Itch often?
  • Ever vomit blood?
  • Feel moody, anxious, or depressed?
  • Have brown-colored urine?
  • Sweat excessively?

chronic liver disease symptoms

This disease is a silent killer, with almost 70 percent of those diagnosed reporting that they were unaware of having it. And, once diagnosed, the patients’ chances of dying within the next two years skyrocket by over 300 percent!

The disease is chronic liver disease, or cirrhosis, and almost 650,000 Americans are already affected by it, with many more still undiagnosed. In fact, it’s one of the leading causes of death for American women.

Left untreated, as it currently often is, it can lead to increased bleeding and bruising, itching, and, as it eventually becomes end-stage liver disease, liver cancer, or even liver failure.

And the worst thing is, it’s largely preventable through proactive health and simple at-home treatment by eating the right foods!

The problem is people don’t know so they can’t act. Make sure you share this article once you’re done, to spread the word, so we can put an end to this avoidable suffering and death!

Read more about 7 Early Signs of an Impaired Liver.

What Does The Liver Do?

The liver plays a key role in many of your body’s processes. It’s the largest internal organ and is located beneath the ribs on the right side of your abdomen.

Your liver is a filter for your blood, and so much more. As blood passes through it, the liver removes wastes—like toxins and medicines—stores sugar for your body to use as energy, produces crucial proteins for your body, and creates bile to make digesting food easier.

Cirrhosis, in which the liver tissue becomes scarred and less effective, slows the flow of blood through the liver, preventing it from functioning as it should.

Causes For Cirrhosis And Chronic Liver Disease

The most common causes for chronic liver disease, by far, are:

1. Hepatitis A, B And C Viruses

It is estimated that up to 8 million Americans may be infected with chronic Hepatitis C Virus, with 80% of those cases still undiagnosed. And that’s excluding Hepatitis A and B!

This family of viruses leads to inflammation of the liver, and often does not result in noticeable symptoms until many years later. It is one of the biggest causes of end-stage liver disease, liver cancer, and death.

2. Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

A condition in which lipid accumulation is so large that it distorts the nucleus of liver cells, NAFLD is closely linked to America’s obesity problem.

Obesity, high cholesterol and blood triglycerides, and poor cardiovascular health are all contributing factors for NAFLD.

According to the American Liver Foundation, up to 25 percent of Americans are likely living with NAFLD, and that number will only grow as obesity rates continue to rise, up to 60% in some states by 2030.

Even though non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is one of the largest causes for other chronic liver conditions (and the number of people affected continues to rise), it is also probably one of the most preventable ones as well.

Maintaining a proper diet and regular physical activity, among other things, can greatly reduce your risk.

3. Chronic Alcoholism And Binge Drinking

The link between alcohol consumption and liver damage is well understood. Despite this, alcohol remains one of the largest contributors to chronic liver disease in the United States.

Alcohol poisons living cells, and causes liver cells to become inflamed and eventually die. As this occurs, scar tissue forms around the veins of your liver (cirrhosis), pressing on them and slowing blood flow.

Other Causes Of Liver Disease

There are various other possible causes for chronic liver disease, though they are much less common. A significant portion of cirrhosis cases also remain of an unknown cause. Some other possible causes include:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Blocked or damaged bile ducts
  • Use of certain medications
  • Exposure to some toxic chemicals
  • Intravenous drug use
  • Overuse of prescription medications (including acetaminopohen)
  • Repeated heart failures, during which blood builds up in the liver
  • Parasite infections

Alternative Treatments For Chronic Liver Disease

Though end-stage liver disease eventually requires liver transplant surgery, there are many things you can do before complications arise to prevent any further liver damage.

Early discovery will ensure you start treating and caring for it, before it’s too late.

If you have affirmed that your liver issues are not hepatitis, begin incorporating these simple lifestyle changes where you can; your liver, and the rest of your body, will thank you!

Go here >> For a Complete Guide To A Liver Cleanse

 

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25291348
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-america-s-greatest-health-risk-of-2015/
http://www.natap.org/2012/HBV/010212_01.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/women/lcod/2013/womenall_2013.pdf
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/liver_biliary_and_pancreatic_disorders/chronic_liver_diseasecirrhosis_85,P00662/
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/cirrhosis/page2_em.htm

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About Sara Ding

Sara Ding is the founder of Juicing-for-Health.com. She is a certified Wellness Health Coach, Nutritional Consultant and a Detox Specialist. She helps busy men and women identify their health issues at the root cause, in order to eliminate the problems for optimum physical/mental health and wellbeing.