Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hepatocellular Carcinoma Liver Diet

A person with liver cancer may benefit from the following diet:

  • High carbohydrates: This is the major source of calories in a liver disease diet.
  • 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 be supplemented in terms of essential amino acids.
  • Restrict salt (sodium) to no more than 2 grams per day.
  • Vitamin supplements (particularly B complex vitamins)

This diet may need to be adjusted, depending on the severity of the liver cancer. Ask your doctor prior to undertaking any changes in diet. Prolonged protein restriction can cause deficiencies of certain amino acids. Supplementation may be necessary.

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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