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The health of your liver can affect practically every part of your body. That's why every medical specialist is concerned about your liver, not just the hepatologist (liver specialist). Here's what they have to say…
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The Dermatologist
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The Haematologist
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The Neurologist
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The Gastroenterologist
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The Cardiologist
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The Endocrinologist

Specialists Speak

The health of your liver can affect practically every part of your body. That's why every medical specialist is concerned about your liver, not just the hepatologist (liver specialist). Here's what they have to say…

The Dermatologist

Jaundice, a yellow discolouration of the eye and skin, is a common sign of liver failure. It is sometimes accompanied by skin itchiness. Red rashes can also develop on the upper part of the body. These look like little red spiders and are called spider naevi.

The Haematologist

Anaemia (low red blood cells) is common among patients with liver disease. So is leukopenia (low white blood cells) and thrombocytopenia (low platelets) in advanced cases. There may also be problems with the ability of the blood to clot properly.

The Neurologist

When the liver can no longer control the level of sugar in the blood, hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) results. This can cause the patient to have fits, feel drowsy and even fall into a coma. When the liver can no longer filter toxins, the build-up of wastes will pollute the entire body, especially the brain, leading to hepatic encephalopathy, manifestations of which can range from confusion and being mentally slow to seizures and coma.

The Gastroenterologist

Digestion of fat in the intestine requires an adequate amount of bile to be produced by the liver. A liver that cannot produce enough bile will cause fat indigestion, poor fat absorption and oily stools. Fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K will also be affected by malabsorption. The patient may experience malaise (tiredness), nausea and/or abdominal pain, and weight loss.

The Cardiologist

Cirrhosis of the liver can cause abnormal pressures within the heart. This, if untreated, can lead to failure of the right side of the heart. Cirrhosis also increases the risk of a clot in the portal vein which can cause bleeding from dilated veins (varices) in the oesophagus or stomach.

The Endocrinologist

Liver disease can affect hormone production, especially insulin, and the way the liver handles thyroid hormones. It is common for menstruation and fertility to be impaired. Males with cirrhosis, especially alcoholics, often have shrunken testicles, erectile dysfunction, low sperm production and may develop female characteristics such as enlarged breasts.

Importance of Liver Care

Your liver takes care of your overall health, but it also depends on you to take care of it so that it can do its job properly. However, it seldom complains when it is injured… until the damage has reached an advanced stage. So it needs your help every day to keep it healthy.
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How's Your Liver?

The importance of our liver is very often forgotten and ignored…until it fails. Trust us, you won’t want that to happen. Find out if your lifestyle is putting your liver at risk of damage with this simple questionnaire and start caring for your liver today.
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