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Chronic hepatitis B, diet ?

few days back ,i come to know that i am suffering frm hepetitis b cronic.from that time onwards i am taking a very good care of my self am not eating any food with fat .can you help me with the kind of food i should have.what should i eat and what should i not eat.if ill take good care of myself .will i be able to get rid of this lill confused about it..pls help me with this.thanks
Wed, 16 May 2012
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Dietitian & Nutritionist 's  Response
Hi Surender, Welcome to HCM.

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver caused due to viral infection.Since you have mentioned its Chronic, you need to take good care of your liver. As you have mentioned, it is very important to avoid any food that add more stress on your liver. Liver is the main organ that helps in metabolizing the body nutrients. Excessive fat can end up in storage of fat in the liver sometimes which can be fatal over period of time. Hence, as you are aware, cut down foods which contain fat. Also, include more fruits, vegetables and lot of fiber in your diet to provide enough resistance to your body. Alcohol/smoking should be completely stopped. Also, care should be taken to not gain weight and maintain blood sugar levels as people with hepatitis B tend to get diabetic slowly as one consumes more calories while avoiding fatty foods. A balanced meal with sufficient calories and low fat is important which is easily achievable through whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses and low fat milk. Good luck to you !!!
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Gastroenterologist, Surgical Dr. Ketan Vagholkar's  Response
The most important issue which needs to be understood is that you should avoid suffering from Hepatitis A or E infection at any cost. As you already are a chronic Hep B patient, further infections can compromise the residual liver function . You should have a high carbohydrate, moderate protein with low fat diet.
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