How Much Do You Know About the Signs of Liver Failure?
By: John Miller
About This Quiz
If you think of yourself as a mean, lean driving machine (like a car) the role of your liver is similar to the oil in your car. It helps ensure everything is running smoothly. From producing proteins that are important in blood clotting, to breaking down old or damaged blood cells, the liver plays a central role in all metabolic processes in the body. Even in breaking down fats and producing energy. Yet, not all people treat their livers with respect. Some drink alcohol to the point of getting cirrhosis of the liver or alcoholic hepatitis, although there are some people who get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease which is the accumulation of liver fat in people who drink little or no alcohol.
There are other liver diseases to be aware of include Hepatitis A, which is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Or Hepatitis B, a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily preventable by a vaccine. Or even Hepatitis C, an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Find out more about liver diseases that affect at least 30 million people—or one in 10 Americans. Take this important quiz now.
What's the name of the liver disease that often occurs in heavy drinkers?
In people who frequently imbibe, the liver's healthy tissues are replaced by scar tissue. This disease, called cirrhosis, dramatically alters the liver's ability to perform its vital work.
Excessive alcohol consumption can cause what sort of liver?
Too much booze can cause a fatty liver, a precursor to much more serious liver disease. The good news? If your doctor recognizes your fatty liver, you can reverse the problem by altering your lifestyle.
What sort of effect does hepatitis have on the human liver?
it causes liver duplication
it can cause liver cancer
Both variants of the hepatitis virus can cause liver cancer. Each year, perhaps half a million people die due to liver cancer caused by the hepatitis viruses. Hundreds of millions of other people are (often unknowingly) infected with hepatitis.
With acute liver failure, sufferers often feel very, very sick, with symptoms like nausea, tiredness and loss of appetite. Those symptoms are in no way unique to liver failure, which is why the condition is often baffling until doctors make a solid diagnosis.
True or false: liver disease is a top 10 killer in the United States.
Overall, end-stage liver disease (or terminal liver disease) is just outside the top 10 most common killers in the U.S. It's not be trifled with. The disease affects millions of people around the world.