Symptoms of liver disease
The liver is responsible for extremely important functions in the human body. These include metabolism of nutrients, storage of certain vitamins, protein synthesis, bile secretion, detoxification and many others.
- Serious damage to the liver cells leading to dysfunction of this organ can cause secondary dysfunction of the whole organism.
- The most common symptoms observed in diseases liver and bile ducts include: fatigue, apathy, excessive sleepiness, concentration disorders, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, anorexia and pain in the area of the right hypochondrium.
The causes of ailments
Factors damaging the liver cells, i.e. hepatocytes, include, among others: alcohol, viruses, certain drugs, toxins in food, e.g. molds, heavy metals or abnormal metabolic products.4
Over the past 20 years, the number of overweight and obese people has increased alarmingly. In addition to the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension and lipid disorders, being overweight also has an adverse effect on the liver. Obesity has been shown to be an independent risk factor for fibrosis and other chronic liver disease. 5