Specific nutrients can become an important part of the management of liver disease.
There are two different dietary treatment/management options for liver disease, as there are two quite different types of liver disease.
Cirrhosis of the liver may require adjustments to dietary protein, salt, fluid and total kilojoules/calories. Often weight gain or prevention of weight loss is a dietary goal. Managing your protein intake each day can be an important part of managing your symptoms.
Managing your salt and fluid levels each day can be important for managing your symptoms.
Sue can help you to sort out which of these dietary factors is a priority, and how to work out what to eat each day.
NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)
also known as
MAFLD (metabolic associated fatty liver disease)
Fatty liver disease can lead to serious health complications including inflammation of the liver and cirrhosis of the liver.
NAFLD/MAFLD affects about 30% of all Australians. Risk factors and associated health conditions include: obesity, insulin resistance, type II Diabetes , high blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) and increasing age.
Lifestyle factors are crucial to managing NAFLD/MAFLD.
For you, this most likely means adjustments to dietary factors and eating patterns to enable weight loss, and often attention to the particular types of carbohydrate in the diet.
The good news is that fatty liver is reversible if detected early enough. Talk to Sue about what dietary changes you might make to help reduce your risk.