Liver Cirrhosis Causes and symptoms and Natural Treatment for Liver Cirrhosis and Liver Care

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Cirrhosis is a complication of many liver diseases that is characterized by abnormal structure and function of the liver. The diseases that lead to cirrhosis do so because they injure and kill liver cells, and the inflammation and repair that is associated with the dying liver cells causes scar tissue to form. The liver cells that do not die multiply in an attempt to replace the cells that have died. This results in clusters of newly-formed liver cells (regenerative nodules) within the scar tissue. There are many causes of cirrhosis; they include chemicals (such as alcohol, fat, and certain medications), viruses, toxic metals (such as iron and copper that accumulate in the liver as a result of genetic diseases), and autoimmune liver disease in which the body's immune system attacks the liver.

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Symptoms Of Liver Cirrhosis
Initially, there may general symptoms such as tiredness, lethargy, yellowness of eyes and urine (mild jaundice), swollen feet, excessive itching and anemia (low hemoglobin). In more advanced stages, the patient may have several life threatening complications such as blood vomiting, bloated stomach due to water (ascites) in the abdomen which may develop serious infection, mental deterioration and coma, deep jaundice and kidney impairment.

In addition, the patient may have bleeding tendency due to low levels of a liver protein prothrombin, and low platelet count both of which are vital for normal clotting of blood. Causes of Liver Cirrhosis

The most common cause for liver cirrhosis is alcoholism. Hepatitis B infection is yet another cause which triggers liver cirrhosis. Mostly this aliment affects men who are over 40 years of age. In it is the third most common cause of death in the developed countries with reference to people who are between 45 to 65 years of age.

Treatment for Liver Cirrhosis
Cirrhosis of the liver is irreversible. The only viable treatment is preventing further damage. This should be done by completely staying away from alcohol to risk further damage.
Research is being conducted to develop medication that could repair the fibrous scar tissue.

In extreme cases liver transplantation is recommended. The survival rate among patients who have undergone liver transplant has been increasing. About 80% of the patients who have liver transplants have survived for over 5 years.


Cirrhosis Diet
The cirrhosis diet is similar to a healthy diet for people without cirrhosis of the liver. The cirrhosis diet includes, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat diet. Obese people need to reduce their weight and maintain a healthy weight according to their height and age. These people should eat less salt, more calories, proteins and stay away completely from alcohol.
This was all about cirrhosis of the liver life expectancy that is less than a decade. It is seen 85% of people undergoing liver transplantation reach the five year survival rates. You should reduce the chances of liver damage to prevent cirrhosis of liver. When the initial stage of cirrhosis of the liver is diagnosed, change your lifestyle completely and stop drinking alcohol. I hope this article on cirrhosis of liver life expectancy proved to be useful to you.

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This article was published on 2011/02/19