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How do you tell your grandkids grandpa got liver failure from too much liquor?

How do you tell your grandkids grandpa got liver failure from too much liquor?

Honesty: No reason not to be straightforward with them. Grandpa did not realize how damaging alcohol could be and he used too much, and now there is a problem. Honesty is almost always the best policy. You do not want your children to find later in life that you lied to them. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Could you tell me how much drinking does it take to get fatty liver disease?

Could you tell me how much drinking does it take to get fatty liver disease?

Depends : On how much damage your liver got from other conditions, such as hepatitis, elevated lipids, or other toxins besides alcohol. Surprisingly little in some people. And some people manage to get fatty liver even without drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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How to determine you have liver damage from drinking too much?

Blood tests show it: Liver function tests(lfts) can be checked very easily in any good lab. Your doctor can check it for you if you request. This gives you a good idea about the degree of damage. ...Read more

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How can I help my dad who suffered stroke and is diabetic from smoking too much and drinking softdrinks? His doc totally forbids him from these. Help

How can I help my dad who suffered stroke and is diabetic from smoking too much and drinking softdrinks? His doc totally forbids him from these. Help

His decision: Hi. It's difficult to watch people you love engage in self destructive behavior, but you can't stop smoking for him or eat a healthy diet for him. He has to do those things for himself. You can educate and give encouragement and support, but ultimately it's up to him to decide to live healthier. He should also control diabetes and blood pressure tightly. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can I do if my dad has end-stage liver disease/ liver failure (cirrhosis) how long does he have?

What can I do if my dad has end-stage liver disease/ liver failure (cirrhosis) how long does he have?

Difficult to predict: Future, but these are serious conditions. A lot depends on cause of his liver disease and if it is treatable and his response to treatment. I have long since given up on trying to predict future transplant is option if it is not malignancy. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What impact do you think liver cirrhosis can have on little children?

What impact do you think liver cirrhosis can have on little children?

A significant impact: Please ask your pediatrician. Your liver is the detoxifier for your body. Without a proper liver you will have toxins reside in your body for extended periods of time. ...Read more

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What to do if I have made my liver sick from phenylephrine + alcohol. How to recover?

What to do if I have made my liver sick from phenylephrine + alcohol. How to recover?

Abstain: Don't go back to drinking alcohol for at least a month, and consider whether perhaps a life without it might not be a happier one for you. ...Read more

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Is my liver going to fail if I don't give up drinking alcohol?

Is my liver going to fail if I don't give up drinking alcohol?

Beats me: Did a doctor tell you that it was causing damage? If yes, then if you keep drinking, you will do more damage. We have lots more liver than we need, and it takes many years of heavy drinking to cause liver failure, and not all heavy drinkers get liver damage. Assuming you did have liver abnormalities and you are still drinking, then you clearly need some help. Talk to doctor about treatment. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many years of drinking does it take to cause heart and liver damage?

Can you let me know how many years of drinking does it take to cause heart and liver damage?

It varies: Most heavy drinkers never have any loss of cardiac function as a result. A boozy weekend will give you a fatty liver but this clears in a few days. A month or two of heavy drinking can unpredictably cause you to get alcoholic hepatitis (even if you sober up) which can kill you. And only about 1 problem drinker in 3 gets cirrhosis and it takes a lot for a long time. Get sober for those you love. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much drinking alcohol does it take to damage the liver?

It depends: Alcohol is toxic to the liver. But liver has good reserve, so 1 or 2 drinks a day is the maximum allowed. Anything more can cause alcohlic hepatitis which over some years can lead to cirrhosis(scarred liver) or liver cancer. ...Read more

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My aunt has cirrhosis of the liver and is in her final stange, but she continues to drink vodka, how can I help her? How much longer will she live?

My aunt has cirrhosis of the liver and is in her final stange, but she continues to drink vodka, how can I help her? How much longer will she live?

Not long: On the outside - under a year and I believe that is for people who have stopped drinking. It may be very painful too and there is simply nothing I can find to say that is hopeful. Hospice is the thought I have and their experience with palliative care will be a big help to make the last months as good as possible. If you can, try to enjoy your time together and let a pro deal w/ the hard stuff. ...Read more

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How long would my dad have to live with liver cirrhosis?

How long would my dad have to live with liver cirrhosis?

See below: It depends on the severity of the cirrhosis and the underlying cause two major causes of death are massive bleeding from esophageal varicose and ascites. If both these are prevented he can live longer. ...Read more

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If someone has liver failure do doctors put them on a long waiting list and let them die? only curious?

If someone has liver failure do doctors put them on a long waiting list and let them die? only curious?

It is complicated: It is possible to get a liver transplant. Some people are not candidates for transplant due to other severe illnesses. Transplant surgery is long and complicated and your lungs and heart have to be healthy to withstand it. Also the liver donor must be compatible with the tissues of the person receiving it so even if a liver is available it may not be a match for the person needing it. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i was wondering how comes i can run faster than the others and i'm fat?

What do you advise if i was wondering how comes i can run faster than the others and i'm fat?

Still pretty fit.: Being fat doesn't obligate you to be unhealthy or unfit. You can have some good muscle strength or cardiovascular conditioning underneath that fat. Doesn't mean you shouldn't try to lose weight, of course. ...Read more

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I'm sick of being sick i will stop all meds i hate my cardiologist so much. I don't care if i die death is better than life. Suicide is the answer..

I'm sick of being sick i will stop all meds i hate my cardiologist so much. I don't care if i die death is better than life. Suicide is the answer..

It sounds like you: have been through a really rough time. I am sorry to hear that you are suffering. If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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I have hepc encephlopthy heptic type2 diabetiis. How long do you think my liver will last?

I have hepc encephlopthy heptic type2  diabetiis. How long do you think my liver will last?

Really can't say: There is not enough information given to make an assessment....Best to discuss with your doctor..... ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has too much mercury in his system?

How can I tell if my baby has too much mercury in his system?

Complicated: This is a very complex question. Mercury sources include food (certain fish), biologicals (thimerosal), industrial. Blood tests only measure acute exposure, not chronic, which is typically the concern. Other tests - urine, hair, stool - are very difficult to interpret and have strengths/weaknesses depending on the clinical situation. Consult a local pediatric environmental health center. ...Read more

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What can you get from drinking alcohol too much?

What can you get from drinking alcohol too much?

Death: By car accident, by fire (fall asleep with a lit cigarette), by dementia, but cirrhosis of the liver and a host of other ways. Is this how you want to leave this planiet? ...Read more

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I have stage 111 lung cancer with COPD but can't eat much anymore. Don't want chemo. How fast do you die from losing weight?

I have stage 111 lung cancer with COPD but can't eat much anymore. Don't want chemo. How fast do you die from losing weight?

Eat: Eat smaller meals throughout the day and try to drink boost or ensure "milkshakes" three times a day. There are medicines to help you as well talk to your oncologist. http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/what-if-i-am-diagnosed/side-effect-management/loss-of-appetite.html ...Read more

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I have been told that I have liver failure after a paracetamol overdose how long will it take to kill me? I'm too embarrassed to ask my consultant

I have been told that I have liver failure after a paracetamol overdose how long will it take to kill me? I'm too embarrassed to ask my consultant

Ask for MELD score: Knowing your meld score may address your concern as to how badly damaged your liver may be and how urgently you need further intervention (e.g. Expectation of recovery with conservative treatment or proceed to liver transplantation). Best wishes for your recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Liver Failure (Definition)

A condition characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions, which are vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow skin, no energy, confusion. Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) ...Read more