Cirrhosis

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I've been told that I may have signs of early stage cirrhosis, is this reversible.

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    Cirrhosis is irreversible. It's scarring of the tissue. You need to concentrate on avoiding worsening the situation as there's no way back. I don't know if you drink or do drugs, but that's the start point if you do. The main causes are

    Alcohol

    Viral hepatitis

    Non alcoholic fatty liver disease.

    I am guessing your doctor would have tested you for hepatitis (?), so if not get tested.

    Alcohol. If you drink, stop all alcohol immediately. As I say, it's irreversible so cut out all drinking.

    Non alcoholic fatty liver disease. How is your weight? Being overweight can contribute. Get a blood test and check for fats in the blood, mainly triglycerides. Other influencing factors are insulin resistance and high blood sugars. Are you diabetic and if so are your glucose levels maintained properly?

    Also, discuss your diet with the doctor.

    These are only a few of the main causes. If you drink, just google "what causes cirrhosis" but if you don't, check "what causes non alcoholic fatty liver disease".

    Hope this helps and gives you a start point. Don't start panicking that it's not reversible. If you are at the early stage then your liver will still do a good enough job to keep going. The key is not letting it get any worse and a few lifestyle changes can generally do to stop anything progressing.

    I speak from experience as I had mild cirrhosis. Unfortunately I broke my leg, contracted a streptococcal infection which aggressively attacked my organs and I had to have a liver transplant or I was going to die.

    Good luck & feel free to ask any questions you have.

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