2. Yellow eyes and skin (jaundice).
Jaundice is a condition that can arise for a variety of reasons. One of the most common is simply eating too many carrots or orange-pigmented foods rich in beta-carotene – this can give the skin and eyes a slight yellow/orange cast that may be mistaken for liver issues!
But persistent jaundice that is clearly not linked to dietary choices may be a warning sign of impaired liver operation and/or a blocked bile duct. When related to liver function, the condition is sometimes also called icterus.
When the liver becomes impaired, inflamed or damaged, it can’t do its job of breaking down waste matter in the body for excretion as well. This in turn causes a build up of that waste material, called bilirubin, in the body. Bilirubin is a bile pigment which in turn causes the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.