is there a nutritional diet for chronic liver disease recovery??

is there a nutritional diet for chronic liver disease recovery??

cirrhosis, caused by hepatitis B

I am taking medicine, ursodeoxy cholic acid capsules, entecavir dispersible tablets.

I have had a lot of water retention

Medicine, spironolactone, furosemide

Also have high blood pressure.

Medicine, captopril

At more than one time my family was told to prepare for the worst, but here I am still going. I need a good nutritional diet to supplement the medicines

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  • You can definitely help your liver with good nutrition, yes.

    Can you give a bit more detail your current health. By 'chronic liver disease' do you mean you have cirrhosis? Is it compensated or decompensated. Do you know the cause of the damage, i.e is it a virus or is it alcohol etc. A few more bits of information will help people answer your question I think

    Bolly

  • cirrhosis, caused by hepatitis B

    I am taking medicine, ursodeoxy cholic acid capsules, entecavir dispersible tablets.

    I have had a lot of water retention

    Medicine, spironolactone, furosemide

    Also have high blood pressure.

    Medicine, captopril

    At more than one time my family was told to prepare for the worst, but here I am still going. I need a good nutritional diet to supplement the medicines

  • Hi perryning

    I too have cirrhosis caused by chronic Hep B.

    I look at my nutrition from different ways.

    1) I try to eat foods that are gentle on my liver, so as few processed foods as possible, as little sugar and salt as possible, and as little saturated fat as possible.

    2) then I look at what my liver struggles with and try to help with that, so I supplement the vitamins A, D, E and K as these are normally stored in the liver but a damaged liver wont store them as well. I stick to recommended daily intake of these. I also supplement Vit D3 and calcium.

    3) then I look at whether any of the medicine I take upsets any of the electrolyte/mineral balances in my body and make sure I get regular blood tests to see what is happening and try to compensate for those. Your urea, creatinine, electrolytes and kidney function should be monitored regularly. Any imbalance to sodium, potassium, calcium, etc needs to be addressed. If levels are low, they can be improved by diet rather than supplements if you prefer, but it will take longer.

    Do you know why you have been prescribed Ursodeoxycholic Acid. Do you have gallstones or primary biliary cirrhosis? If you have gallstones then its better to avoid saturated fat, trans fatty acids and refined sugar. Its better to switch to polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat, and have a good intake of dietary fibre. Try to include omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oil supplements, nuts such as almonds and walnuts, and fruits and vegetables.

    Have you been offered a referral to a nutritionist?

    Bolly

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