Dietary Advice For Hepatitis C Patients

Healthy diet (balanced diet) is the most important aspect of healthy life. Other factors are not as important as regular balanced diet for good health. This is truer for patients suffering from various ailments. Patients suffering from hepatitis C need good healthy diet suitable for the condition. A diet good for a healthy individual may not be suitable for a hepatitis C patient, and need special diet. The diet for hepatitis C patient depends on various factors such as age, symptoms of the disease (symptomatic or asymptomatic as well), extent of liver damage hepatitis C has already caused, body weight etc. It is important to exclude certain foods that may harm your liver.ID-100199499

Foods to avoid in hepatitis C:

  • Oily and fried foods, especially deep fried foods
  • Junk foods and processed foods (always eat natural)
  • Fats, especially saturated, hydrogenated and animal fats
  • Foods with food additives or preservatives or food containing pesticides

Foods to include in diet for hepatitis C patients:

  • Eat natural foods
  • Fresh fruits and fresh vegetables
  • Foods containing complex carbohydrates and adequate protein, such as whole grains/cereals
  • Low fat foods
  • Foods rich in fiber, such as leafy vegetables and other vegetables, fresh fruits

While preparing diet for hepatitis patients it is important to keep some important aspects in mind, such as requirement and source of fats, proteins, iron and their metabolism and role of liver in these functions. Salt intake should be reduced, because excess salt in diet may lead to fluid accumulation, as liver is already damaged to some extent.

Liver problems (such as fatty liver) are more common in obese persons, hence, patients with hepatitis C (as well as other types of hepatitis) should try to maintain a normal body weight and reduce body weight to normal if obese or overweight. Hence, diet should be planned in such a way that it aid weight loss.

Iron and hepatitis C:

Patients with hepatitis C should avoid taking excess dietary iron and avoid taking iron rich foods (or at least reduce consumption of iron rich foods) such as red meat, oyster, liver etc. Liver is responsible for most of the iron removal from our body, hence, patients with liver problem may not be able to excrete/remove iron from body properly and a s a result there may be iron accumulation and further liver damage. To prevent such a situation, iron consumption should be controlled.

Protein and hepatitis C:

Most of the metabolism usually takes place in liver and metabolic end products are removed by body by various methods by liver such as detoxification, conjugation etc. Excess intake of protein may increase the workload of already damaged liver, hence, protein intake should be restricted. However, the ideal amount of protein intake is not easy to decide and expert opinion vary in this regard.

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