We know that working extended 10-12 hour shifts can be stressful. So now you will understand how hard your liver is working to keep your body healthy. The liver removes and filters toxins from the body that are created by unhealthy diet and excessive alcohol consumption.
Unfortunately, people with liver failure are at a higher risk of developing liver cancer. However, most people are unaware of the causes and symptoms of liver failure unless they have severe symptoms.
Jaundice is a medical condition that causes the whites of the eyes to turn yellow and the urine to darken. It is one of the most common symptoms of not only liver damage but also other health conditions. A weakened liver turns yellow, which leads to the formation of bilirubin. Bilirubin is a pigment produced when red blood cells break down and accumulate in the blood. A healthy liver absorbs bilirubin, turns it into bile, and excretes it in stool.
Itchy skin is one of the first symptoms of liver failure. If you have liver disease or damage, large amounts of bile salts can accumulate under the skin and cause itching. Not everyone with high bile salts experiences itching. Bile salt levels are normal, but some people experience itching.
Another sign of liver problems is bleeding. You may vomit blood or notice blood in your stool. Elevated portal vein pressure can cause severe bleeding. The portal vein is the vein that carries blood from the digestive tract to the liver.
Loss of appetite
Since the liver plays an important role in the functioning of the digestive system, liver damage can lead to loss of appetite. Loss of appetite leads to weight loss. People with chronic liver disease have symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, and weight loss.
Memory problems and confusion
Because the liver is unable to filter toxins from the blood, these toxins accumulate in the brain, causing confusion and memory loss. Some people may experience mood swings, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, and personality changes.
Liver disease can cause menstrual cycle and reproductive dysfunction in both men and women. A weakened liver is unable to regulate hormone production, and as it breaks down, men’s breasts and small testicles become enlarged. In women, it affects the menstrual cycle, causing symptoms such as menstrual bleeding and amenorrhea.
Although there is no need to panic if you experience any of these symptoms, you can improve your liver function even more if you take proper care of your diet and drink. Also, if you experience any of these symptoms, consult your nearest doctor.