Liver Disease: What Should You Look For?

We all know the liver to be a vital organ – and kind of a superhero with amazing regenerative powers. However, even these hardy organs can take a beating if we’re not careful.

How can we tell when our liver is in trouble?


The Role of the Liver

If we look into the role of the liver in our systems, it’s easy to see why some liver diseases are difficult to spot early.

Our livers are responsible for purifying the blood, manufacturing thousands of essential enzymes, the production of bile and cholesterol, regulation of our blood sugar and assist in the removal of toxins, bacteria and parasites from the blood, and so much more.

With so many functions to focus on, our livers are hard workers indeed.


Liver Disease – When Things Go Wrong

Common reasons for liver damage are inflammation caused viruses such as hepatitis, liver tissue can be compromised by drugs or alcohol, blood flow is restricted, or bile flow can be obstructed.

Some symptoms of liver disease include weakness, fatigue, weight loss, nausea and the yellow discolouration of the skin or the eyes.

As you can see, aside from the yellow skin discolouration, most these symptoms are easily misdiagnosed or attributed to other common illnesses. Late stage liver disease is often overlooked until liver failure actually occurs.


Early Symptoms of Liver Disease

If you have reason to believe that your liver is compromised – perhaps due to lifestyle choices or illness -then look out for these indicators:

  • Slight yellowing of skin and eyes
  • Dark urine or pale stool
  • Itchy skin
  • Easy bruising
  • Abdominal swelling

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has indicated that almost 50% of people suffering from liver disease show no symptoms at all. Therefore it would be wise to talk to a medical professional about your concerns.

Dr Sanua believes in treating the whole body and understands the delicate balance between the various elements at play. A careful diagnosis may be just what you need. Contact Him Today.


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