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Is there a diet for liver disease?

In some situations when people have very severe liver problems, doctors restrict salt and protein. This is very individual, and patients must talk to their doctors on a case-by-case basis. But for most people, there is no special “Alpha-1 diet.” It is important to eat a diet moderately low in fat and salt and rich in vegetables, fruits, lean meats, fish, etc. Abstaining from alcohol consumption is important for people with any kind of liver disease. A healthy weight level is also important. Obesity is bad for the liver; if lung or liver disease is severe, it can be a challenge to keep from losing too much weight. Some people may need supplemental feedings, or other special arrangements, if, for example, they are waiting for an organ transplant.

Jeffrey H. Teckman, MD – Alpha-1 Liver Disease Q&A – Alpha-1 Foundation