According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2000 to 2018, death rates for chronic liver disease and cirrhosis increased by 31%. When you have cirrhosis, scar tissue slows the flow of blood through the liver. Over time, the liver can’t work the way it should. In severe cases, the liver gets so badly damaged that it stops working. This is called liver failure.
Prevention starts with knowing what the symptoms of liver disease are and acting fast when you suspect that you may have it. Factors that increase your risk of developing liver disease include heavy alcohol use, obesity, and diabetes, unprotected sex, exposure to other people’s blood and body fluids, and exposure to certain chemicals or toxins.
Read on for 13 early warning signs you should look for: