Unformatted text preview: rrhosis:
Also called the “fatty liver condition”,
Cirrhosis is a chronic liver disorder involving
damage to liver cells, decreased blood flow to
the liver and scarring of liver tissue which
eventually interferes with liver function (10).
Cirrhosis is usually associated with alcohol
addiction but can also be caused due to an
illness that can damage the liver I.e.: Hepatitis
B&C, and Sarcoidosis (a condition that is
similar to tuberculosis).
Also, genetic factors or lifestyle and
environmental causes where an overload
of chemical and drugs can overwork the
liver causing scarring.
Symptoms of Cirrhosis include jaundice
in the eyes and/or skin, ascites (fluid
build up in abdomen), nausea, weight
loss, edema (fluid build up in the legs)
and eventual liver failure.
15 Cirrhosis: Treatments for Cirrhosis include: Avoiding all taxing substances
(drugs and alcohol).
(drugs A low fat-high protein diet
low Colchicine (usually used in Gout
cases, helps to reduce scar tissue)
cases, Liver transplant (which is a serious
effective TX in most cases, but is
difficult to find donors)
16 Malnutrition: Malnutrition is defined as an imbalance between
the intake of nutrients
and the bodies needs(11). Nutrients are
undersupplied and the body is
imbalanced according to dietary means.
Malnutrition makes the body
weak and may cause other health issues to
Alcoholism is the most common cause of thiamin
deficiency (Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome) in
the USA and may lead to deficiencies of
magnesium, zinc, and other vitamins (13).
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