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What Is Non-Alcoholic Cirrhosis Of Liver?

Written by Dr. Lynda Odoh - Anikwe on Wed, 16 November 2022

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The liver is one of the most important organs in our body, performing 500-odd functions, the most important of which are to do with digestion, blood filtration, waste secretion, blood sugar regulation, and blood-clotting to prevent excessive blood loss.

While it keeps our body free of diseases by removing toxins, the liver itself is vulnerable to diseases if we have a bad lifestyle and ignore the risks and warning signs of liver trouble. Cirrhosis is one of the worst things that can happen to the liver, and it can happen even without alcohol. Non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver is the last stage of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, and NAFLD has become a leading cause of chronic liver disease globally.

We have to understand that anyone, including teetotallers, can be at risk of non-alcoholic cirrhosis unless they take steps to reverse NAFLD before it can get to the irreversible stage of cirrhosis.

What does liver cirrhosis mean?

Cirrhosis simply means scarring. Cirrhosis is a late-stage liver disease, in which healthy liver tissue is mostly replaced with scar tissue and the liver is permanently damaged. Scar tissue keeps your liver from working properly.

Many types of liver diseases and conditions injure healthy liver cells, causing cell death and inflammation. This is followed by cell repair and finally tissue scarring as a result of the repair process.

The scar tissue blocks blood flow through the liver and slows the liver's ability to process nutrients, hormones, drugs, and natural toxins. It also reduces the production of proteins and other substances made by the liver. Cirrhosis eventually keeps the liver from working properly. Late-stage cirrhosis is life-threatening, as it can lead to complete liver failure.

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Dr. Lynda Odoh - Anikwe

Dr. Lynda Odoh - Anikwe (M. B. B. S) is a MPH  candidate at the University of Manchester. Dr Odoh is also currently a member of the Society of Lifestyle Medicine Nigeria, and aiming to get certified by the International board of lifestyle medicine as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician by the last quarter of 2022.
 

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