Fatty liver disease: jaundice requires “urgent” medical care
The British Liver Trust has pointed out two distinctive marks on the face that require “urgent medical attention”. Any yellowing of the whites of the eyes, or the face turning yellowish, is a sign of advanced disease. Medically called jaundice, for those with established liver disease, immediate treatment is essential.
NHS experts explained that jaundice is due to a buildup of bilirubin.
Other warning signs that warrant an appeal to NHS 111, if you have liver disease, include:
- Bruises easily
- Dark urine
- Swelling in the lower stomach area
- Vomiting blood
- Dark black tarry faeces
- Times of confusion or poor memory
- Itchy skin.
These symptoms are probably indicative of the final stage of liver disease, also known as cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis occurs when the liver is severely scarred, which can lead to life-threatening liver failure and liver cancer.
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During this process, you may feel tired.
Alternatively – or in addition to fatigue – a feeling of discomfort may begin to develop in the right part of the abdomen.
This discomfort appears in this area of the body because this is where the liver is placed inside.
During the early stages of NAFLD, natural recovery is possible.
This is the case with people who have high blood lipid levels (that is, high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides).
People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are also at increased risk of developing NAFLD, as are people with hypothyroidism.
Additionally, women with polycystic, insulin-resistant ovaries may also be at higher risk of developing the disease.
In a small number of cases, NAFLD can be caused by:
- Rare genetic diseases
- Prolonged fasting
- Rapid weight loss due to malnutrition
- Bariatric surgery
- Drug treatments
- Parenteral nutrition.