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Author Topic: Diet for Hep C cirrhosis  (Read 17326 times)

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Offline Nisha

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Diet for Hep C cirrhosis
« on: November 27, 2013, 04:06:02 pm »
My husband has advanced cirrhosis secondary to Hep C and his doctor said "give him a high protein diet and no carbohydrates ... no spaghetti or fruit juice."  We were walking out the door when he said this and I failed to ask for further instructions since I figured I could look it up on line when we got home.  I can't find anything about high protein-no carb diets except the Atkins Diet which causes ketosis and is very hard on the kidneys.  I'm at a loss ... has anyone else gotten diet instructions from their docs?  This MD is an assistant prof. at Baylor Clinic Liver Center in the Houston Medical Center so he is no dummy; just a lousy, lousy communicator!  Help?  Thank you!

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Re: Diet for Hep C cirrhosis
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2013, 06:14:04 pm »
This is a sticky situation. Some docs recommend the high protein diet, some don't. Here is what everyone agrees on: Low sodium, low sugar, and good quality protein. Too much protein is dangerous. Since he is with a good liver center, I suggest he requests a referral to a nutritionist - most liver transplant centers have them, and I bet Baylor does.
Lucinda Porter, RN
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2003 PEG + ribavirin responder-relapser
2013 Cured (Harvoni + ribavirin clinical trial)

Offline JoanneG45

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Re: Diet for Hep C cirrhosis
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2014, 03:14:05 pm »
My name is Jo and I live in Luton, near London, UK.
I have just bought a cookery book especially for Hep C. Its from the USA.
"The Hepatitis C cookbook" by Heather Jeanne.
Basically low fat, low sugar, no red meat. Turkey and salmon are very good, distilled water-lots of it. No processed food. No alcohol. Add lemon to your water daily. Lots of greens, veg and fruit. Bio cultures yogurt is very good. microhydrin is a powerful anti-oxidant and helps to protect the liver from free radicals.
Hope that helps
Jo x

Offline markl

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Re: Diet for Hep C cirrhosis
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2015, 08:59:53 pm »
There seems to be so much conflicting information out there....one I read today said that raw vegetables like lettuce, carrots etc. can be hard for liver to process. And I was enjoying salads with homemade vinaigrette dressing.
« Last Edit: January 13, 2015, 09:03:16 pm by markl »

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Diet for Hep C cirrhosis
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2015, 11:53:15 pm »
Hi All

I have been told if you look up the heart smart diet that is also a liver smart diet.

Good place to start
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!


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