Liver disease is characterized by a failure of the liver to perform its functions due to an infection, an inflammation or the destruction of liver tissues as a result of an illness. Liver diseases are varied due to the varied functions and components of the liver. Various types of hepatitis, cancer, fatty liver, cirrhosis, and so on are some of the types of illnesses that can affect the liver. Treatment for diseases of the liver would be based on the diagnosis and the judgment of your doctor. However, you can change your diet in such a way that it will suit your fragile condition. The liver is among the most vital organs of the body and there is no replacement for the liver. A person without a functioning liver will die. There is no rule for liver disease patients to follow when it comes to their diet. The diet has to be based on the intensity of the liver disease and the judgment of the doctor who is treating the patient.
Carbohydrates are a major source of energy. These should be used as the calorie source in the diet. Those suffering from liver disease tend to be tired easily and suffer from fatigue related disorders. This can be countered by increasing the intake of carbohydrates in order to maintain your levels of glycogen and keep yourself energized. Sodium can cause water retention in healthy people when consumed in excess quantities. In a person suffering from liver disease, the sensitivity to salt rises and one should reduce the quantity of salt consumed in a diet.
Proteins are usually recommended to people as they are a primary requirement for the generation and repair of body tissue. However, in a patient with a severely damaged liver, protein intake may be a problem because the liver may not be able to process the proteins. This may lead to protein deposits from forming in various parts of the body and can affect the nervous system and even the brain. At the same time, proteins, when processed, tend to reduce the accumulation of fats in the liver. This means that you should follow a low protein diet which is thoroughly monitored to make sure the proteins are being properly processed in the body. Thus, regular health checkups are necessary when one is suffering from liver disease so that its effects on the body can be monitored. This is also useful when checking the effects of the medication that is being prescribed.
Submitted by M T on April 13, 2010 at 11:51