- Liver disease refers to several conditions that can affect and damage your liver.
- While signs and symptoms can vary depending on the cause, some of the most common include abdominal pain, fatigue, and nausea.
- Women can protect their health and their liver by getting informed.
The liver plays an integral role in keeping you healthy. It helps remove toxins from your blood, metabolizes medications, and makes proteins that are important for blood clotting. But that just brushes the surface of why it’s important. Unfortunately, sometimes the liver can sustain damage caused by viruses, consuming too much alcohol or fat, and more which can all lead to liver disease.
While the liver does have a unique ability to regenerate itself after damage, this doesn’t mean it’s invincible. Women can protect their health and their liver by getting informed. Let’s take a look at what liver disease is, and the common signs women should watch for that may indicate they have liver disease.
What Is Liver Disease?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, liver disease refers to “several conditions that can affect and damage your liver.” The source says that liver disease can be caused by viral infections (such as hepatitis), problems with your immune system, and cancer, and sometimes it can be caused by inherited diseases (such as Wilson disease or hemochromatosis).
Other times, liver disease can be caused by consuming too many toxins like alcohol (known as alcoholic fatty liver disease) or fat (known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease). Left untreated, liver disease can lead to cirrhosis, which s scarring of the liver.