15 Signs Your Liver Is In Danger
If you have any of these symptoms, your liver could be in danger!
The liver is one of the most important organs in the human body. Its main job is to filter the blood that comes from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. Your liver is also responsible for detoxifying chemicals, metabolizing drugs, and making proteins important for blood clotting and other functions.
The factors that increase the risk of liver disease include heavy alcohol use, injecting drugs using shared needles, diabetes, obesity, exposure to certain chemicals or toxins and long-term use of certain medications.
A damaged liver can put your life in danger, so it's important to pay attention to all the symptoms, in order to treat any disease from early stages. Here are the most common symptoms of liver diseases:
1. Abdominal pain in the liver area.
2. Extremely itchy skin.
3. Swelling in the legs, ankles and/or abdomen.
4. Yellowish color to the skin and eyes.
5. Bad breath and/or body smell.
6. Fatigue and general malaise.
7. Nausea and low appetite.
8. Dark urine color.
9. Pale stool color, or bloody or tar-colored stool.
10. Excess weight on the upper part of the abdomen.
11. Excessive sweating.
12. Coated tongue.
13. Bruising easily.
14. Lumps of fat in the skin, particularly on the eyelids.
15. Dark circles under the eyes and/or blemishes on the skin.
If you noticed any of these symptoms, make sure you see a doctor right away. Here are a few things you can do in order to keep your liver healthy:
1. Drink alcohol in moderation. This means you shouldn't have more than a drink a day if you're a woman and two drinks a day if you're a man. Heavy alcohol use is defined as more than 8 drinks/week for women and 15 drinks/week for men.
2. Avoid risky behavior. Don't use illicit intravenous drugs and don't ever share needles with others. Use a condom whenever you have sex and if you decide to get a tattoo or piercing, make sure you choose a clean, safe shop.
3. Get vaccinated. If you haven't done this yet, ask your doctor about getting the hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines.
4. Use medications wisely. Only take drugs when you need it, in the recommended doses, and don't mix them with alcohol.
5. Avoid contact with other people's blood and body fluids, because hepatitis viruses can be spread by accidental needle sticks or improper cleanup of blood and body fluids.
6. Be careful with aerosol sprays. When spraying insecticides, fungicides, paint and other toxic chemicals, make sure the room is ventilated, wear a mask, and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
7. Maintain a healthy weight, because obesity can cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.