The dietary recommendations may vary, depending on how well your liver is working. It is very important to be under the care of a doctor, because malnutrition can lead to serious problems.
In general, recommendations for patients with severe liver disease may include:
* Large amounts of carbohydrate foods. Carbohydrates should be the major source of calories in this diet.
* Moderate intake of fat, as prescribed by the doc/pharmacist. The increased carbohydrates and fat help preserve the protein in the body and prevent protein breakdown.
* About 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight. This means that a 154-pound (70-kilogram) man should eat 70 grams of protein per day. This does not include the protein from starchy foods and vegetables. A person with a severely damaged liver may need to eat less protein than this, and may even be limited to small quantities of special nutritional supplements. Avoid limiting protein too much, however, because it can lead to malnutrition.
* Vitamin supplements, especially B-complex vitamins.
* Limit sodium (typically 1 - 2 grams per day) if you are retaining fluid.
However, please do talk to your doc/pharmacist or a dietitian for more details, take care.
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