What To Eat When Living With Hepatitis C

spoon of brown riceHaving hepatitis C doesn’t usually require you follow a special diet. However, because nausea is a major side effect of the liver-attacking virus, making a few alterations may prove beneficial, says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Here’s how hepatitis C affects diet:

  • Patients being treated with Interferon may experience difficulty eating, loss of appetite, sore mouth and throat, metallic tastes, nausea and vomiting.
  • Patients with cirrhosis may lose their appetite, causing fatigue, also making it difficult to eat. As the sickness progresses, people can become too thin and malnourished, making it difficult to fight off the virus.
  • Patients with preexisting medical conditions may require further dietary restrictions. Conditions that warrant said restrictions include high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes mellitus,

Whatever stage of hepatitis C you have, follow these guidelines below to avoid causing damage to your liver.