Cirrhosis: Weight Loss And Other Signs

If you have liver cirrhosis, weight loss may be one of the clues if you’re currently undiagnosed. It’s important to understand what your liver does–essentially, your liver serves as a filter for many of the toxins that are present in the foods we eat.

Basics

cirrhosis weight lossOf course, this is a very broad explanation that doesn’t go into the specifics but serves to introduce the neophyte reader to the topic and its basics.

When the liver is overworked with too many were the wrong kinds of nutrients and/or chemicals, it’s rendered less effective and eventually is unable to do its job. This manifests in many ways including pain in the abdomen, nausea and to a great extent if not cared for will lead to jaundice and even death.

You don’t have to be an alcohol abuser in order to be diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. There are certainly many other factors that can contribute to the disease. Certainly, this does not purport to be an exhaustive list of the causes of cirrhosis but will give an idea of some of the lesser-known causes.

Factors Aside From Alcohol

There are many genetic factors that can contribute to the proliferation of this disease, both environmental and from within an individual’s genetic code. For example, cystic fibrosis can contribute to this disease every bit as much as alcohol can. So, even if one does not imbibe alcohol on a regular basis, genetic factors can come into play and tip the balance in cirrhosis weight lossfavor of the disease.

Autoimmune disorders also contribute, as the complications from this family of diseases are wide ranging and have a wide-ranging effect as a consequence. Hepatitis and its many varieties can affect one’s health to the point that a diagnosis of cirrhosis is possible.

Of course, alcohol wasn’t the only thing you can put into your body that can harm your liver. Morbid obesity is also a contributing factor and leads to many other complications aside from cirrhosis. Even some drugs that are intended to make a person get better and feel better may be a factor in someone being diagnosed with this malady.

Once the liver is sufficiently impaired, the disease will manifest itself in many ways. These range from weakness in general, nausea, loss of appetite and consequential loss of body weight, blood in the stool, vomiting and retention of fluids.

Conclusion

All of this stems from the lesson capability of your liver to filter and remove toxins from your bloodstream and keep you feeling healthy.

You should always follow the advice of a doctor, but it’s important also to be well-educated on your own with regard to how your body will be affected and how you feel.

There are many things you can do to cooperate with your liver and even to help it heal. Many folks choose a modified diet that concentrates on making the job of your liver as easy as is possible.

-Jim