Formerly known as primary biliary cirrhosis, primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a rare disease that slowly destroys the small bile ducts of the liver, reducing the organ’s function over time. The liver is the body’s factory. Aside from filtering waste out of the bloodstream, the liver aids digestion by producing a fluid called bile. This fluid flows out… Continue reading What Is Primary Biliary Cholangitis?
What Is Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the accumulation of fat in the liver caused by a buildup of fat in the body that isn’t related to alcohol consumption. It’s a chronic liver disease, affecting almost 1 out of 4 people in the US, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases… Continue reading What Is Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
What Is Hemochromatosis? Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Hemochromatosis is a disorder that causes your body to absorb more iron than it should, a condition called iron overload. It affects about one million people in the United States, making it one of the most common genetic diseases in the country. (1) The body needs some iron for blood production, specifically for the production… Continue reading What Is Hemochromatosis? Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Early Research Reveals Key Player in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition in which excess fat builds up in the liver, affects nearly one in four Americans, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and incidence has more than doubled over the past 20 years, according to the American Liver Foundation. The more severe form… Continue reading Early Research Reveals Key Player in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
What Is Cirrhosis? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Chronic liver disease can lead to cirrhosis, a condition in which the healthy tissue in the liver is replaced by nonliving scar tissue. Over time, the scar tissue inhibits the flow of blood through the liver and impairs the ability of the liver to process nutrients, hormones, and medication. Cirrhosis is always related to other liver… Continue reading What Is Cirrhosis? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
What is Alcohol-Related Liver Disease?
Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to alcohol-related liver disease (ARDL) which includes fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis. Although alcohol use is always involved in the development of ARLD, excessive alcohol use doesn’t always lead to liver disease. In the United States, about 35 to 40 percent of heavy drinkers will develop alcoholic hepatitis, and… Continue reading What is Alcohol-Related Liver Disease?
Fast Food Can Raise Liver Disease Risk
Health experts already know that fast food can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. Now research has found that regular consumption of fast-food burgers, fries, pizza, and the like may also contribute to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a potentially life-threatening condition in which fat builds up in the liver. Based on… Continue reading Fast Food Can Raise Liver Disease Risk