Liver damage can happen at any time. Here are some signs that your liver needs attention. Don’t ignore them.
Just like your arms and legs, your internal organs work non-stop inside your body. However, we often fail to notice that their well-being requires just as much care as your skin and limbs. An unhealthy gut can cause symptoms, but the liver is one of the silent organs. Even when people approach liver damage or liver failure, their cries for help are not heard.
The liver plays a major role in digestion, nutrient composition, and metabolic function. Located in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, the liver filters blood from the digestive tract before sending it to the rest of the body. Another function of this is to detoxify chemicals and improve drug metabolism.
When liver function declines, your body begins to show signs of damage. However, many of us do not recognize them. To learn more about these alarming signals, we spoke to Dr. Sumit Bhatia, Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist, Paras Hospitals, Gurugram.
Early signs of liver damage
Changes in eye and skin color (jaundice)
Poor liver health can lead to changes in eye color. Over time, yellow eyes become yellow due to the accumulation of yellow substances in the red blood cells. If you develop symptoms such as jaundice, the liver damage must be in an advanced stage.
Vomiting and nausea
The human liver is able to remove toxins. Therefore, frequent nausea and vomiting are the first signs of liver disease and should not be taken lightly.
Swelling and pain in the abdomen
Liver problems often disrupt blood flow in the body. Therefore, it puts pressure on the stomach and other parts, causing pain and swelling in the abdominal area. If you notice sudden swelling in the abdomen that does not go away on its own, see your doctor immediately.
pale colored stools
If your liver isn’t producing enough bile or if its flow is blocked in some way, your stools will be clay-coloured.
The color of your urine says a lot about your health. Dark urine indicates dehydration, but it also indicates the presence of toxic substances in the body, which indicates liver disease.
swelling in the feet
An unhealthy liver can cause swelling in the ankles and feet. Therefore, if you are experiencing unexplained swelling in your legs, it may be due to an underlying problem with your liver. Liver disease can also be hereditary.
High levels of bile salts in the liver can cause itchy skin and should not be ignored. This could be the first symptom of liver disease.
Loss of appetite or weight loss
In liver problems, the body loses its ability to break down and absorb nutrients, and you don’t feel as hungry as usual. Loss of appetite can make you feel weak throughout the day.