Hepatitis B Diet
A Special Diet With CirrhosisCirrhosis occurs when damaged liver cells are replaced with scar tissue. Too much scarring prevents blood from flowing normally through the liver. This causes even more damage and loss of liver function. Cirrhosis can hinder the body's use of nutrients and can lead to malnutrition.
People with cirrhosis may need to watch how much salt they get. They also may need more calories and protein than other people.
(Click Cirrhosis Diet for more information on the special dietary needs of people with cirrhosis.)
Hepatitis B Diet: SummaryMost people with hepatitis B have a diet that is no different from the proper diet for people who do not have hepatitis B. People with hepatitis B should eat heart-healthy foods (such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and limit their intake of fats, as well as maintain a healthy weight. A good hepatitis B diet also involves eliminating alcohol and being careful with dietary supplements.
A special hepatitis B diet may be required for those who are taking hepatitis B medication and those who have cirrhosis in addition to hepatitis B. Talk with your healthcare provider for a referral to a registered dietitian, who can create a diet specific to your needs.