Most of us are addicted of one thing or another, me its sugar as in chocolate, candy, cakes and biscuits. See I openly admit I AM AN ADDICT!!! I knew that they were not good for you so I tried, believe me I tried, to take them in moderation and not always successfully. But I’ve always argued, with myself that is, because I don’t drink or smoke, I thought my sugar intake had to be a lot safer than alcohol, in fact I’ve read that a small amount of dark chocolate is good for you, mind you on the other hand I’ve read a glass of red wine is good for you, both of course in moderation.
The report shows even though people think of liver disease as a drinker's complaint, at least one in five people in the UK has some form of liver disease simply because of eating too much. This can damage liver cells, but at this stage it's often symptomless.
But if this process continues over years, the repeated damage to cells can lead to scar tissue - severe scarring is known as liver cirrhosis. The scar tissue makes the liver hard and lumpy and as a result it becomes unable to function properly.
A 2006 study published in the journal Hepatology found that nearly half of people who had fatty liver developed moderate to severe scarring within 14 years.
The problem is that liver disease is difficult to spot before it is very advanced. As Andrew Langford, chief executive of the British Liver Trust, explains: 'There are very few symptoms. The liver doesn't have any nerve endings - so when it's damaged, you don't always feel it.'
Here are some of the symptoms to look out for: Extreme fatigue, dark urine and pale stools are the first signs, as well as jaundice. This is caused by a build-up of the waste product bilirubin, which the malfunctioning liver can no longer remove
Other complications of the advanced stages of the disease are episodes of confusion, memory loss, and even hallucinations. This is known as hepatic encephalopathy and is due to toxins building up in the body and affecting the brain.
Although thankfully I don’t suffer from any of the above the warning is enough to get me to cut down on ALL my sugar intake as I hope it will for you.
Take the liver health check at loveyourliver.org.uk