Nutrition for all Stages

Written by: Heidi M. Gennaro, RD,CNSD

Introduction

Persons who carry the Hepatitis C virus are often aware that changes in their nutritional habits will need to be made to manage their disease. Concerns arise during many stages of the disease such as: How do I modify my diet to ease the gastrointestinal discomfort associated with cirrhosis or drug therapy? How does nutrition play a role in helping to alleviate or prevent ensuing encephalopathy that can occur with complicated Hepatitis C? Can nutritional supplements or herbs cure or slow down the disease? Whether you are a person infected with Hepatitis C or a caretaker, or you will want to be given the most current information. Listed below are five topics covered on the following pages that address these vital nutritional issues.