The liver plays an extremely vital role in the body. Not only is it responsible for protein production, but it also metabolizes cholesterol, glucose and iron. Liver disease is a broad term used to describe any condition that damages the liver and/or affects its function.
Liver disease has a number of causes, including:
In most cases, lifestyle choices are what lead to liver disease. These can include:
Other risk factors include:
The onset of liver disease is usually gradual when causes such as repetitive abuse of medication and alcohol take time to have an effect. When symptoms become more prevalent and if jaundice (yellowing of the skin) sets in, patients should seek out a healthcare professional. The most common symptoms of liver disease include:
Because there are different causes of liver disease, each one will have their own specific treatment regimen. Our team at Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ) is well-equipped to treat each individual case of liver disease and come up with a plan to get patients on a path to wellness.
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