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Although there is a lack of formal research regarding the effects of specific nutritional recommendations for Alphas, proper eating habits may help to preserve lung and liver function. 

It is important to maintain an ideal body weight, whether you have lung/liver disease or not. 

Since scientific research indicates that people with lung disorders need to consume more calories than “lung-healthy” people, this affects the manner in which you should approach nutrition.

Nutritional needs in those patients exhibiting liver complications due to AAT Deficiency are highly individualized. Since sodium and protein intake may become a concern in patients with liver failure, good nutritional advice is recommended. In the AAT deficient individual who exhibits signs of liver complications, fat absorption may be altered; therefore your physician may recommend supplementing your diet with Vitamins A, D, E, and K.

It is very important to discuss alternative medicine or vitamin supplements with your doctor. Not all are good. Not all are harmless. And something that worked great for your neighbour might be a terrible idea for you.

If you have lung and/or liver problems, it may help to work closely with a nutritionist or registered dietician, who will be able to set up an individualized nutritional plan.

The bottom line for Alphas when it comes to what we eat is that we need to establish or maintain good eating habits. Fad diets could harm more than help. Balance is key.

Healthcare Provider’s Guide – Alpha-1 Foundation