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How Do I Know if My Liver is Failing?

The liver is a vital organ in the body with more than 500 functions. Though there are many factors that can contribute to the deterioration of the liver, it is known as the only organ with the capability to regenerate. But the liver has its limits.

What is liver failure?

There are two types of liver failure, both are life-threatening conditions that requires immediate medical care. Chronic liver failure happens gradually and can take months or even years before symptoms begin to arise.

With chronic liver failure, inflammation occurs and causes scar tissue to form. Over time, as your body replaces healthy tissue with scar tissue, your liver fails.1

Acute liver failure happens quickly and is initially difficult to detect. It can occur even for those who do not have pre-existing liver disease. According to the American Liver Foundation, acute liver failure can happen in as little as 48 hours and is usually a reaction to poisoning or a medication overdose.2

What causes liver failure?

There are a few common causes of liver failure including:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Cirrhosis
  • Malnutrition
  • Long-term alcohol consumption
  • Hemochromatosis (a disorder that causes the body to absorb and store too much iron)

What are symptoms of liver failure?

The beginning of liver failure can be somewhat confusing because symptoms may be confused with other causes. The first symptoms of liver failure include nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and fatigue. As liver failure worsens the symptoms begin to become more severe. These more serious symptoms include jaundice, a swollen abdomen, bleeding easily, and sleepiness.3

Can liver failure be prevented?

Liver failure can be prevented by living a healthy, liver-conscious lifestyle. Limiting your risk of cirrhosis or hepatitis is important in preventing liver failure. Here are a few tips for a healthy liver:

  • Get a hepatitis vaccine
  • Avoid alcohol (or drink in moderation)
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Eat a proper diet
  • Practice safe sex
  • Never drink alcohol when taking acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Avoid illegal intravenous drugs
  • Avoid sharing personal toiletry items with others

While liver failure is preventable, it is also life-threatening and being aware of how healthy your liver is can save your life. Fibronostics LiverFASt™ technology helps you understand your liver so that you can adjust your lifestyle for a happy, heathy liver. Contact us via email, or by phone at 1-888-552-1603 today to learn more about this life-changing diagnostic test.

 

 

Sources:

  1. The progression of liver disease
  2. What is hepatic liver failure
  3. Liver failure

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