Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hepatitis Alcoholic Liver Diet

A person with alcoholic hepatitis may benefit from the following diet.

Liver Disease Diet
A diet for people with advanced liver disease is based on:

  • High carbohydrates. This is the major source of calories for people with severe liver disease.
  • Moderate fat intake. The increased carbohydrate and fat help in preserving the protein in the body and prevent muscle wasting.
  • Restrict protein to 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. Severe liver disease may require protein supplements in the form of essential amino acids.
  • Restrict salt (sodium) to no more than 2 grams per day.
  • Vitamin supplements (particularly B complex vitamins), but avoid excessive vitamin A.

Ask your doctor prior to making any changes in your diet. Prolonged protein restriction can cause deficiencies of certain amino acids. Supplementation may be necessary.

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Last Updated: Nov 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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