The liver plays an important role in the body, including protein synthesis, detoxification and production of biochemicals necessary for digestion. It also plays an important role in metabolism, decomposition of red blood cells, regulation of glycogen, and hormone production.
Lack of proper functioning of the liver can be disastrous to the body as the liver is responsible for many critical functions. Liver disease (Hepatic disease) is a term that covers any problem or disturbance or malfunction that causes the liver not to perform it normal functions. Liver disease include, liver cancer, viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, gallstone, ascending cholangitis and lots more.
TYPES OF LIVER DISEASE:
If 5-10% of organ weight of the liver is made up of fat, this is called fatty liver disease. There are two major types of liver disease, namely; Alcoholic liver disease and Non Alcoholic Liver disease. Acute fatty liver is a rare condition that occurs when fat builds up in the liver of pregnant women.
1. Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD): This is as a result of drinking excessive alcohol, this is in direct connection with the amount of alcohol taking in by the body.
2. Non Alcoholic Liver Disease (NAFLD): NAFLD is one of the major cause of liver disease. It is most likely to happen in overweight and middle aged people, but according to discoveries, it has recently been found that children now have NAFLD, this can be linked to malnutrition, medications, inherited liver diseases, bacteria and more. NAFLD has two major types:
1. Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver, this is an excessive build up of fat in the liver, thid doesn't make you fall sick initially.
2. Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, this occurs to a few people with fatty liver (in No. 1)
3. Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver disease-associated Cirrhosis, this affects the liver tissue, making it heavy and ultimately makes the liver fail to perform it functions.
SYMPTOMS OF LIVER DISEASE
Some of the major symptoms of liver disease include:
1. Feeling tired and weak(fatigue)
2. Loss of appetite
3. Enlarged liver
4. Bloating and gas
5. Dark urine
6. Weight loss
8. Excessive sweating
9. Dry and dark patches on the neck and under arms.
10. Pains in the center or right upper part of stomach
RISK FACTORS THAT CAN LEAD TO LIVER FAILURE:
1. Unsee active pituitary gland (hypopituitarism)
2. Gastric bypassing surgery
4. High cholesterol
5. High levels of triglycerides in the blood
6. Type 2 diabetes
7. Alcohol abuse
8. Ovary syndrome
9. Under active thyroid (hypothyroidism)
10. Polycystic liver
FOOD TO AVOID
These food should be avoided when you are down with liver disease:
2. High carb foods
3. Sugary drinks
4. Processed food
RIGHT FOOD TO EAT
The following can help maintain liver disease from deteriorating, they can also prevent the diseases to an extent.
1. Ginger root
3. Sweet potatoes
5. Dandelion root
6. Milk thistle
8. Black seed oil
9. Vitamin E supplement is also recommended, but it should be taking according to doctor’s prescription.