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Dietary Dos and Dont's
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Dietary Dos and Dont's


  I have been diagnosed with cirrhosis, caused by not only years of alcohol abuse but also damaged from chemotherapy.
  I've been sober for 3 months and am trying to rebuild my life.  Only time will tell how much of the damage will repair itself but I would like to help it along as much as possible.  What foods should I avoid and what should I include?  Do you have any other suggestions?
  Thank you for your help.
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Dear Kelly,
In general terms you should eat a healthy diet with adequate vitamens, minerals, and calories.  You should avoid alcohol aas this will further damage your liver.  
There are no specific foods that should be eaten or avoided.  The total number of calories and the distribution into fat, carbohydrates should be similar to that used by individuals with normal liver function.  If your liver function is adequate, then your protein intake can be in the normal range.  If however, protein causes you to be confused, then limitations in the intake of protein will be needed.  Vegetable protein may be preferrable to anaimal sources.  
It is great that you will maintain a healthy diet, but unfortunately, there is no evidence that you can reverse the liver scarring.
This information is presented for educational purposes only.  Always consult your personal physician for specific medical questions.
HFHSM.D.-rf
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