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9 Signs Your Liver Is In Big Trouble

Reader's Digest Logo By Alyssa Jung of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 9: 'Yellow eyes are a sign your liver isn’t doing very well and is probably the most specific sign of liver disease,' says Carlos Romero-Marrero, MD, a hepatologist at Cleveland Clinic. A yellow colored substance called bilirubin is usually broken down by the liver so it can be removed from the body, but when the liver is struggling it can cause bilirubin to build up, leading to yellowing of the whites of the eyes.

Your eyes turn yellow

If any (or all) of these signs sound familiar, it might be time to visit your doctor.

'Yellow eyes are a sign your liver isn’t doing very well and is probably the most specific sign of liver disease,' says KV Narayanan Menon, MD, medical director of liver transplantation at Cleveland Clinic. A yellow colored substance called bilirubin is usually broken down by the liver so it can be removed from the body, but when the liver is struggling it can cause bilirubin to build up, leading to yellowing of the whites of the eyes.
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