In order to deal properly with liver cirrhosis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow liver cirrhosis to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind liver cirrhosis consists of three steps:
|Cigarette Smoke Damage||5%||Ruled out|
|Alcohol Consequences||1%||Ruled out|
Have you been diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the liver?
Possible responses:→ I've never been tested / don't know
→ No - it has been ruled out
→ It is suspected
→ Yes, it is a moderate problem
→ Yes, it is a serious problem
To many people, cirrhosis of the liver is synonymous with chronic alcoholism. It is a major cause, but nevertheless one of several. Alcoholic cirrhosis usually develops after more than a decade of heavy drinking. The amount of alcohol that can injure the liver varies from person to person. In women, as few as two to three drinks per day have been linked with cirrhosis and in men, as few as three to four drinks per day. Alcohol seems to injure the liver by blocking the normal metabolism of protein, fats and carbohydrates.
The hepatitis C virus ranks with alcohol as the major cause of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis in the United States. Infection with this virus causes inflammation of and low grade damage to the liver that over several decades can lead to cirrhosis.
Hepatitis B is probably the most common cause of cirrhosis worldwide, but in the United States and Western world it is less common. Hepatitis B, like hepatitis C, causes liver inflammation and injury that over several decades can lead to cirrhosis.
The hepatitis D virus is another virus that infects the liver, but only in people who already have hepatitis B.
Cirrhosis of the liver can occur when the immune system triggers inflammation there as a result of ulcerative colitis.