Chronic damage of the liver which is caused by prolonged illness because of an infection caused by alcoholism, hepatitis C or B is called cirrhosis or liver damage in simple terms.
The most common symptoms that a patient feels are nausea, fatigue, weight loss, abdominal pain, lack of appetite, feeling of small “spiders” in the skin that are actually small blood vessels. With the progress of the disease, the person also has yellow skin, fluid retention in the legs, sexual impotence, redness in the palms of the hands, swelling of the breasts and shrinkage of the testicles.
As soon as the doctor has detected the disease, he/she must prescribe a treatment on time that will include changes in the diet.
According to Ramón Iván de Dios Pérez, a doctor of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) in Jalisco, red meats, seafood and sausages are some foods that should be avoided completely because they contain plenty of nitrogen.
These foods aren’t metabolized by our liver and that can cause personality changes, disorientation, loss of hand movements and in more severe cases even coma.
When our body gathers more ammonia, this condition is called hepatic encephalopathy. It mostly affects our nervous system.
If a person doesn’t become detected with this condition in time, then the doctor can’t prescribe a treatment. It causes a state of drowsiness which can later advance and even lead the patient to a coma.
According to him, hepatic encephalopathy is completely preventable if the person uses a diet that the doctor will prescribe.
Encephalopathy appears in patients who have a hepatic impairment that can be caused by hepatitis C or B infections, some autoimmune conditions or alcoholism. There are even patients who are 12 or 13 years old and are still diagnosed with the condition.
Watch your liver!
If our liver can’t do all of its functions as it should, then more fat starts to accumulate, we have problems with coagulation, difficulty to metabolize food, but we also have a predisposition to varicose veins in the legs and esophagus and also to develop the hemorrhoidal disease.
According to him, these things can prevent liver cirrhosis:
- Avoid self-medication
- Not consuming alcohol in excess
- Avoid risky sexual practices
- Protect yourself from viral hepatitis, like types B and C.
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