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Liver Disease Diet

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a liver disease diet?

A liver disease diet provides the right amount of calories, nutrients, and liquids you need to manage liver disease. Liver diseases, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, may change the way your body uses nutrients from food. Some people with liver disease may not get enough nutrients and lose weight. Your dietitian will work with you to create a meal plan based on the type of liver disease you have.

Stages of Liver Damage

Which nutrients should I include?

It is important to eat a variety of foods from all the food groups each day to stay at a healthy weight. You may not feel hungry, or you may feel full right away after you eat. Eat 4 to 6 small meals throughout the day to make sure you eat enough calories. Ask your dietitian how many calories and how much of the following nutrients you should have each day:

What foods should I limit or avoid?

Ask your dietitian if you need to limit or avoid some foods. This will depend on the type of liver disease and other health problems you have.

What other diet guidelines should I follow?

Your healthcare provider may ask you to take a vitamin and mineral supplement. Take only the supplement that your healthcare provider recommends. Liver disease may cause health problems that you can manage through certain diet changes. Talk to your dietitian about any other changes you need to make in your diet.

When should I call my doctor or dietitian?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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