Fatty liver disease: symptoms include bruising and jaundice on the skin
Fatty liver disease means that a person has excess fat in their liver. Excessive alcohol consumption can be the cause of this disease, as over time, alcohol causes fat to build up in liver cells, making it harder for the liver to do its job. Changing your skin color could be an indication that your liver is struggling.
Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin caused by abnormally high levels of bilirubin (bile pigment) in the blood.
High levels of bilirubin can be attributed to inflammation, other abnormalities of liver cells, or blockage of the bile ducts.
Sometimes jaundice is caused by the breakdown of a large number of red blood cells.
Jaundice is usually the first sign, and sometimes the only sign, of liver disease.
Before such a dangerous condition, there are three stages of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
In the early stages, known as steatosis, fat begins to build up in the liver.
During the second stage, a continuous accumulation of fat causes inflammation.
Then, as the disease progresses, “lasting scars” begin to form.
A blood test showing high liver enzymes could alert the doctor that you may have fatty liver disease.
A diagnosis will be made following an ultrasound or CT scan of the liver, and possibly a liver biopsy.
Fortunately, lifestyle adjustments can make a big difference to a person’s health.