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20 Warning Signs Your Liver Sends You


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Your liver does a lot on your health. As one of many body’s largest organs, it’s responsible for metabolic functions like changing nutrients from your diet so your body can use them, and making sure toxic substances are flushed out before they cause any harm. When your liver is in trouble, though, there are a handful of ways it lets you understand—and here are 20 warning signs to watch out for. And, liver problems commonly stem from extra alcohol consumption, you may want to consider taking our test to see if your boozing habits are healthy or not.

1. You Have Super-Itchy Skin

Slide 2 of 21: That dry, itchy skin may be more than just another unpleasant side effect of rapid weather shifts. For many people with kidney health issues, the excessive urea in the bloodstream associated with kidney problems can cause serious itching. Unfortunately, the more advanced your kidney health issues, the more likely you are to suffer itchy skin. In fact, research suggests that up to 40 percent of people with life-threatening kidney disease develop uremic pruritus, or chronic itching. And if you’ve noticed a sudden change in your skin, make sure it’s not one of the 20 Skin Symptoms That Indicate More Serious Health Issues.

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Major biliary cholangitis — a chronic disease that destroys the bile ducts in your liver — doesn’t typically have super-noticeable symptoms, but one early signal is experiencing itchy skin. Sure, your skin might just be dry, but if it’s becoming a regular thing, it might be worth getting checked out — particularly as a result of itchy pores and skin can be an indicator of cirrhosis of the liver.

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