Here’s some good news. Liver cirrhosis is not hereditary. Cirrhosis is a condition that scars the liver and is considered to be irreversible by most doctor’s standards. (Although there may be some alternative solutions that may help to reverse the damage and ease the pain.) This makes it very difficult for your liver to carry out essential functions like purifying your blood, manufacturing nutrients and detoxifying harmful substances.
A healthy liver performs many functions. Some of these include processing most of the nutrients in your intestine, removing alcohol and other harmful substances from your blood, and making bile, which helps digest fats. Your liver also produces cholesterol.
It may take some time before you actually have signs and symptoms of liver cirrosis. As the disease progresses though, and more scar tissue replaces the healthy tissue in your liver, you may begin experiencing some symptoms.
Some of these include:
* Appetite loss
* Weight loss
* Easy bruising
* Small, red spider veins under your skin
* Yellowing of the skin and eyes
* Dark, cola-colored urine
* Fluid in your abdomen (ascites)
* Itching that starts on the hands and feet and eventually spreads to the entire body
* Edema, which is the swelling of legs and feet from retained fluid
* Mental confusion and forgetfulness
Cirrosis of the liver can be prevented by cutting down on alcohol, or by using anti-virus medications like lamivudine, interferon and ribavarin. Once liver cirrosis has set in, complications and ultimate liver failure can be delayed by taking vitamins, eating a good diet and completely cutting out alcohol. Once someone is in end-stage liver failure, a liver transplantation will be necessary.
Again, if you’re worried that cirrosis of the liver is hereditary and that you can pass it along to your children, or your parents could have passed it along to you, you can breathe a little easier. It’s not hereditary. And if you do develop liver cirrosis, you can prolong your life and reduce the effects with vitamins and a healthy diet.