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Can smoking make primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) worse?

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Yes. If you smoke, quit. Studies show that it can trigger the disease or make it worse.

From: PBC: Can Lifestyle Changes Help? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC)."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis."

Baylor Scott & White Health: "Cirrhosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: Lifestyle and home remedies."

American Liver Foundation: "Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC, previously Primary Biliary Cirrhosis)."

Medscape: "Cirrhosis: Nutrition and Exercise."

American Psychological Association: "Listening to the warning signs of stress."

National Health Service: "Primary biliary cirrhosis -- Treatment."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 06, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC)."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis."

Baylor Scott & White Health: "Cirrhosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: Lifestyle and home remedies."

American Liver Foundation: "Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC, previously Primary Biliary Cirrhosis)."

Medscape: "Cirrhosis: Nutrition and Exercise."

American Psychological Association: "Listening to the warning signs of stress."

National Health Service: "Primary biliary cirrhosis -- Treatment."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 06, 2017

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