Liver diseases

Liver diseases and ways to avoid it

The liver is the largest and one of the essential organs in the human body. As scientists said, the liver is a chemical laboratory that performs about 500 separate functions. Its purpose is to protect the body's organs and preserve their integrity.

 

The main functions of the liver:

 

  1. Purify the blood coming from the digestive system, remove toxins in it, and pass it to the rest of the body
  2. Production of bile which is responsible for the digestion of fats
  3. Regulate the production of hormones in the body
  4. Storage of sugar and control of blood sugar levels
  5. Producing cholesterol, which the body needs to make some hormones
  6. Helping to break down medicines and toxins so that the body can get rid of them
  7. An essential member of the immune system and plays a primary role in metabolism and other vital processes

 

You may not show any clear indications or symptoms of liver disease, while in other cases, you may show some signs indicating the presence of liver problems or that the liver health is not at its best. The most important of them are the following:

 

Symptoms of liver disease

 

  1. Feeling tired and chronic fatigue
  2. Lack of concentration and sleep disturbance
  3. The presence of pain and swelling in the abdomen
  4. The presence of swelling in the legs and ankles
  5. The presence of bruises on the body
  6. Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  7. Itching and permanent dryness of the skin
  8. Dark urine
  9. Anorexia
  10. Nausea or vomiting
  11. Sudden weight gain or loss
  12. Fluid accumulation (ascites)
  13. A feeling of permanent pain in the body, muscles, and bones

 

The previous signs are symptoms of liver disease. They may come together or separately or may only come in the advanced stages of infection. And now, we should know what illnesses affect the liver and how to avoid it.

 

 

Liver diseases:

 

*Viral infection:

It is known as the hepatitis virus. It has three types (A, B, C).

 

*Non-alcoholic fatty liver:

Occurs due to overweight and bad eating habits that lead to the accumulation of fat in the liver

 

*Alcoholic fatty liver:

Occurs due to chronic alcoholism

 

*Autoimmune diseases of the liver:

Such as autoimmune hepatitis

 

*Cirrhosis:

It comes in the advanced stages of untreated liver disease, causing liver failure, which considers a life-threatening condition.

 

*Genetic Diseases and Genetic factors

 

*Liver Cancer

 

 

Ways to avoid liver disease:

  1. Following a healthy lifestyle rich in vegetables and fruits. Avoiding fast and processed foods
  2. Maintaining personal hygiene and ensuring food is clean
  3. The necessity to exercise regularly
  4. Taking the hepatitis C virus vaccine
  5. Ensure that medical tools are sterilized, especially before surgeries or at the dentist
  6. Avoid contact with the blood of others when cleaning
  7. Be careful when performing ear or body piercings or when making tattoos
  8. Be careful when exposed to chemicals or when spraying pesticides
  9. Avoiding harmful behaviors such as Alcohol Addiction and Drug Addiction, especially injecting drugs

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