What can be eaten while on a liver-disease diet?
Some people with liver disease must eat a special diet. This diet helps the liver function and protects it from working too hard.
Eat a variety of foods each day to help your liver work as well as possible, and to keep a healthy weight. It is important to eat the right amount of protein when you have liver disease.
Many people who suffer from liver disease have problems with, digestion, i.e. using of fat. The fat that is not broken down and used by the body is lost in bowel movements. If you have this health problem, you may need to eat less fat. Liver disease may cause blood sugar levels to be too high or too low in some people. You may need to make changes in your diet if you have this problem. Eating a fixed amount of carbohydrates at each and every meal will help to keep the blood sugar levels in check.
NUTRITION PLAYS A KEY ROLE AFTER LIVER TRANSPLANT
- Malnutrition prior to transplantation, along with stress from surgery and immunosuppressive therapy, increases the need for adequate nutrition support following the liver transplant.
- Most liver transplant patients have to avoid certain foods after their surgery but many of the dietary restrictions relate not to the surgery itself but to the immunosuppressive medications, one take to prevent rejection of the new organ.
- Once you have successfully recovered from the early stage after transplant (e.g. your appetite is back to normal, your weight is stable, and your wounds are healing well), then you should have high intake of protein and calories as it improves the early growth of transplanted liver.
SHORT TERM NUTRITION MANAGEMENT
(FOR FIRST THREE MONTHS)
- Preventing weight loss
- Replacing nutritional loss
- Providing adequate amounts of protein, calories, fats, vitamins and minerals to help your wounds heal and prevent muscle loss and off course for the growth of liver.
- Coping with side effects like nausea, poor appetite or abnormal bowel functions.
- Prevent infection
LONG TERM NUTRITIONAL MANAGEMENT
- Avoid excessive weight gain
- Prevent diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and low bone mineral density (osteopenia or osteoporosis) after surgery by adopting a low fat, low saturated fat, low cholesterol, high fiber "Heart Healthy" diet through out life.