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How Does An Alcohol Habit Turn Into A Disease
Addictive properties: Alcohol has addictive properties and even one drink can be habit forming in susceptible individuals. If you think you may have a problem ask yourself a few question- has anyone asked you to cut down on drinking? Have you been annoyed by people asking about your drinking? Have you ever felt guilty about drinking? Have you ever needed a drink in the morning? If you answered yes, please seek help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Problems:: Excessive alcohol use can lead to liver disease (fatty liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis); ^ risk of hypertension, stroke or heart failure; erectile dysfunction; nystagmus; ^ cancer risk; GI problems (gastritis, ulcers, pancreatitis); fetal alcohol syndrome; dementia; hypoglycemia and eye problems. ...Read more
Is alcohol harmful or helpful for one who has hypercardiomyopathy? What is helpful to do for this disease?
Harmful: Small amounts of alcohol (one drink per day in women) may reduce our bad cholesterol, while more than that can definitely itself harm the heart and elevated blood pressure. If you have a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy already, alcohol is definitely not good for you, particularly in amounts about the safe drinking limit of one standard drink per day. Your cardiologist can give you advice about meds. ...Read more
Liver Diseases: This is a good question. The common causes of liver disease are 1. Fatty infiltrates from obesity and excess sugars 2. Infection, most commonly with hepatitis b and c. 3. Toxic side effects of prescription and non-prescription medications (especially tylenol). Hope that helps. ...Read more
Does gilbert's disease mean my liver is slower at removing toxins? And is alcohol detrimental to me since I have this condition?
No and No: Patients with gilbert's syndrome have normal life expectancies and liver function. They do not have problems with normal liver functions. Drinking alcohol is ok with gilbert's, and similar to someone without gilbert's, drink responsibly. As further evidence that liver function is normal, a liver from a patient with gilbert's is suitable to be a donor for a liver transplant. ...Read more
Progressive fibrosis: The liver becomes progressively more fibrotic and functions imperfectly. Fluid accumulates in the abdomen and other organs become affected in late stages, such as the lungs and kidneys. Early changes may be reversible with alcohol abstinence but once into late stages the changes are not reversible. ...Read more
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