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Autoimmune liver disease and weight loss program - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have seen several people have great success with the hcg diet. I am wondering if it is safe to do this diet when I already have an autoimmune liver disease. I used to be 133 lbs. progressively over the past 7 years I have ballooned to 178 lbs. My dr. has been after me for over a year to lose the weight. I keep trying and failing to change my habits. I wouldn't approve of anything rash like this diet, but i want the weight off! plus if I don't get rid of the weight I will develope further complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and so on. Anyone had experience with sucessful weight loss on HCG Diet, who has a chronic liver disease?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am
User :   good morning
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   great
Doctor :   and I need a couple of minutes
Doctor :   I have not known of a person or good experience who had gone good with HCG diet and who has a chronic liver disease
Doctor :   There are no enough controlled clinical studies too
Doctor :   Hence there is robust evidence to say this is error free and affect free
User :   okay i have read a few posts about people developing liver disease after being on hcg diet it could be coincidence as well.
Doctor :   There are few cases where normal people get into liver complications while on HCG diet for extended periods
Doctor :   Did you meet a Dietitian after seeing the Doctor?
Doctor :   Seeking a professional help is my suggestion here
User :   i am about ready to try it anyways the concequence would be a relapse of my disease, steroid treatment, and about 6 months to feeling normal again. No I have not seen a dietitian. i just developed horrible eating habits after going through a miserable sexual harrassment experience, changing careers, and then developing autoimmune hepatitis.
Doctor :   It would be risky to go with the HCG diet given your complications
Doctor :   There are special diets for liver damaged people
Doctor :   Reduction of protein intake and increase in carbohydrate proportionally is the whole idea behind any diet program
User :   yes i know, the kinds that your family with 4 children all turn their noses up at :)
User :   i guess i will just have to buckle down and get committed to changing habits the hard way. thank-you for your opinion
Doctor :   One opinion and consultation with Dietitian can be helpful for youi
Doctor :   Just ponder about it
Doctor :   before you start on
User :   yes i will, thank-you. I will most likely follow up with the losing it with XXXXXXXX michaels program, and sign up for their online counseling to help make the mental changes I need to make to be sucessful. and yes, I will seek a dietitian. Thank-you
Doctor :   My strong recommendation is, consult an experienced dietitian once, take down the diet chart for two weeks and follow it for one month and look at the change
User :   okay i will . thank you for your time, and sound advice. I would have rather heard do the hcg diet. but appreciate your honesty
Doctor :   All the best for your program
User :   thank-you have a great day.
Doctor :   Thanks
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