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In a Brief About Chronic Liver Disease

Mar 31, 2017

In a Brief About Chronic Liver Disease

Owing to the sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy food habits, chronic liver disease has become a common disorder and its prevalence is increasing worldwide. More than 100 forms of liver diseases have been identified which are classified into alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis, steatohepatitis, drug induced liver disease and fatty liver disease being the most prominent types. However the term ‘chronic liver disease’ is only used for the disease which had been prevailing in a patient for more than 6 months.

Though alcohol accounts for the most common cause of liver disease, other important causes include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, faulty medication, infection and smoking. Important signs and symptoms that help recognise liver diseases are loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, jaundice and swelling of lower limbs. If any of the symptoms are identified, a person is usually advised to go through tests associated with albumin, bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase and alanine transaminase for diagnosis of liver ailments. In certain cases, a liver biopsy is also required to determine whether a person is suffering from liver disease or not.

Early stage liver diseases are treated with medication depending on the type, symptoms and cause of the illness. Sometimes, home remedies like intake of gooseberry, liquorice, turmeric, flax seeds etc., also work well to get rid of liver ailments. In certain cases, combating a liver disease is as simple as withdrawal of alcohol; however, in case of an advanced stage, a serious requirement of liver transplant might also arise. To avoid such a situation, preventive measures should be taken. Cutting down alcohol, eating a healthy and balanced diet, drinking clean water, exercising regularly, keeping a check on cholesterol and glucose levels, practicing safe sex and being careful while taking medication are some of the ways which could help eliminate the risk factors involved in developing liver disease.

Disclaimer: The information given in this write-up is purely for educating the reader. It is not meant to be a substitute for any advice from a medical expert.

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