Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Liver Cirrhosis Liver Disease Diet

It is important to follow a healthy diet at home if you have cirrhosis.

Liver disease diet includes:

  • Low protein diet
    • Restrict protein to 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day.
    • Severe liver disease may require protein supplements.
  • High carbohydrate diet
    • 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.
  • Low salt diet
  • Avoid foods that are rich in vitamin A
    • Egg yolks
    • Dairy products
    • Fish oil
    • No more than 2 grams per day.
  • Vitamin B supplements

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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