The liver is a vital organ, about the size of a football, sitting just below your ribcage. It’s responsible for filtering all the blood in your body, and breaking down toxic substances like alcohol. It also helps with our metabolism as well as storing vitamins and nutrients.

If our liver isn’t working properly, this could lead to serious health complications and illnesses. Our blog dives into some of the key warning signs that your liver is feeling a little worse for wear. To find out more, keep on reading.

Why Is Liver Health So Important?

Your liver deals with all the toxins in your body, making it a vital part of your immune system. It also helps your body to maintain a healthy level of blood sugar, keeping everything at the right level. If your liver becomes damaged, it could lead to more serious conditions such as liver disease.

Liver Disease & Liver Spotting

Liver disease and liver spotting are two serious health conditions that can occur as a result of poor liver health. Liver disease is often caused by viruses, extreme alcohol use and obesity. It can cause fat build up around the liver, hindering your liver’s ability to function normally. When liver disease and fatty liver build up are caused by alcohol, it can usually be mitigated by a reduction in alcohol consumption.

Liver spotting is another serious illness that affects your liver. It creates large spots or dark patches on your liver, indicating that there is a serious problem. Because we cant see the liver with the naked eye, liver scans or liver ultrasounds may need to be carried out to identify the problem.

What Signs Should I Look Out For?

Some of the main signs that something is wrong with your liver include:

  • Jaundice skin (yellowing of the skin and near the eyes)
  • Abdominal pain or swelling in your abdomen
  • Swollen legs or ankles
  • Itchy skin
  • Dark urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A loss of appetite
  • Bruising easily
  • Irregular sleep and fluctuating energy levels

These are just a few of the symptoms associated with poor liver health. If you’re worried about symptoms, or you have persistent signs that there is a problem with your liver, contact your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.

Duality Healthcare: Private Liver Specialists & More

If you’re worried about the condition of your liver, or want to have a liver ultrasound carried out, contact us today on 028 308 33666 or 028 252 56093. Our private liver specialists will be able to help you and diagnose your condition.