Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 28 Aug 2019 Signs that your live ...

Signs that your liver health is declining

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | Edited by : KAVITA MALLYA
Published Sep 1, 2019, 2:15 pm IST
Updated Sep 1, 2019, 2:15 pm IST
These symptoms are indicative of a liver disease.
It is the body’s largest gland which is responsible for the production of bile. (Photo: Instagram)
 It is the body’s largest gland which is responsible for the production of bile. (Photo: Instagram)

The liver is one of the most important organs of the human body and is responsible for several life-sustaining functions. It is the body’s largest gland which is responsible for the production of bile. Bile juice helps breakdown food in the small intestine and absorbs the fats and cholesterol from the food.

Bile also breaks down food for digestion for the stomach. Due to this and several other vital functions performed by the liver, it is important to keep this organ healthy. Here are some habits that can damage your liver, reported NDTV:

 

  • Overconsumption of alcohol
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Smoking
  • Gaining too much weight
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Excess stress
  • Consuming too many painkillers and carbonated drinks

If you find that you have any if the above habits or lifestyles, then be sure to keep an eye out for these symptoms that maybe indicating any liver damage. If liver health is ignored, it can lead to several diseases. Early detection of any liver damage can prevent the worsening of the situation.

Watch out for these signs and symptoms:

  • Yellow tinted skin and eyes due to irregular levels of bilirubin. When the liver function is affected, there is an elevation in the levels of bilirubin in our bloodstream. This yellowish-green coloured fluid then pigments our skin giving it a yellow tint.
  • If the liver is extensively damaged, then it gets swollen. It is then seen as swelling in our abdomen. This can also happen post an accident if there are internal injuries to the liver. If you find an abnormal swelling in your abdominal region, then make sure to get it checked immediately.
  • Extreme fatigue is yet another symptom. Liver patients usually suffer from a continuous feeling of weakness and are unable to perform day to day tasks. While fatigue is a symptom for a range of disorders, make sure to get it checked nevertheless to rule out any health problems.
  • Due to excess production of bilirubin, the urine also tends to get a darker colour. But make sure this isn’t the only symptom making you think you have a liver problem. Not drinking enough water also makes the urine darker.
  • Nausea is also a common symptom of liver damage. You will find yourself continually nauseous and it will also lead to a decrease in your appetite. The nutritional deficiency then leads to weakness of the body.  

 

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