November is National Diabetes Month. What better time to discuss one of the lesser-known effects of diabetes, its impact on the liver? Diabetes can result in a range of liver conditions, some of which can be serious. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the effects diabetes has on the liver and offer some ways you can promote your liver health.
A sugary life isn’t necessarily always a sweet one. Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body can’t properly process sugar. This can cause blood sugar levels to rise, which can, in turn, damage the liver. Diabetes can cause a range of liver conditions, including the following:
Alcoholic liver disease: Just as alcoholics are more likely to develop diabetes, people with diabetes are more likely to develop alcoholic liver disease. Alcoholic liver disease occurs when the body cannot break down alcohol properly, leading to damage to the liver.
Cirrhosis: This is a condition in which the liver becomes scarred and cannot function properly. It’s important to note that the leading cause of cirrhosis in the United States is diabetes.
Hepatitis C: This is a virus that can cause liver damage. People with diabetes are more likely to develop hepatitis C, and the virus can cause the liver to become inflamed and scarred.
Fatty liver disease: This is the most common form of liver damage in people with diabetes. Fatty liver disease occurs when too much fat builds up in the liver. This can lead to inflammation and scarring of the liver.
It’s time to balance the scale and do right by your liver. More impressive than its size is its functionality, performing over 500 tasks to keep the body healthy. Here are some top tips that diabetes patients can implement to keep their livers healthy!
If you have diabetes, it’s important to take care of your liver. Following the tips above can help you keep your liver healthy and prevent unnecessary complications. Your star organ deserves a leading role in your thoughts!
A healthy liver is a key to a happy life – take care of it, and it will take care of you. If you have any concerns about your liver, Arizona Liver Health offers FREE liver screenings via fibroscan to help identify fatty liver disease! Visit our website to schedule your consultation at one of our three locations today!