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Hepatitis C - low protein diet
Posted by: sue harrington
Date: November 8, 2001 6:55 AM

My sister has hep C and is in moderate liver failure. She is wasting. It seems that she is not absorbing her foods. A visit to the U of M nutrition/diet department suggests that she stop almost all protien, yet they want her to gain weight. She is allergic to soy products. Can you help with suggestions regarding what she can eat to put on weight? My first thought was carbohydrates, but after reading your article, I am at a loss. Her diet has been a drink with supplements called Novasource, veggies and rice and homemade soups with no salt. She is unable to tolerate raw veggies.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at June 2, 2007 8:55 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Hepatitis C - low protein diet
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 8, 2001 3:32 PM

That's a tough one, but the answer may be avocados. They are rich in natural fat and quite nutritious. You can surround this with some veggies, and combine any cooked food with a good potent oral enzyme for optimal digestion. Of course all foods, at least in my opinion, should be organically raised. (I am making general comments here and cannot specifically recommend this to your sister as she is not my patient and I have never met her. I suggest you run these idea by her doctor.) Seeds and nuts make good sources of protein. They should be soaked overnight so as to inactivate the enzyme inhibitors making them much more digestible.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at June 2, 2007 8:57 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

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