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How can hepatitis affect the way I eat, and what are steps to control it?

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Hepatitis commonly causes gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, weight loss, fatigue, and stomach discomfort. What helps: Avoid alcohol, try eating smaller, more frequent meals, and ask your doctor about medicine to fight nausea. There is a cure for hepatitis C, and for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the treatment is weight loss.

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Gastroparesis.”

von Haehling, S. , Jan. 15, 2007, online edition. Cardiovascular Research

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Eating, Diet, and Nutrition for GER and GERD.”

National Cancer Institute: “Nutrition in cancer care.”

National Library of Medicine: “Swallowing Disorders.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is COPD?”

Wust, R. , September 2007. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Cleveland Clinic: “Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD.”

American Stroke Association: “Difficulty Swallowing After Stroke (Dysphagia).”

National Kidney Foundation: “How Your Kidneys Work;” “Kidney Disease;” and “Nutrition and Kidney Disease, Stages 1-4.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Food, Eating, and Alzheimer’s.”

National Parkinson Foundation: “Non-motor symptoms.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Gastroparesis.”

National Parkinson’s Foundation: “Constipation in Parkinson’s Disease.”

Tjaden, K. 2008, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation,

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Symptoms of HIV Infection (Beyond the Basics).”

Dejesus, E. , June 2007. Journal of International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care

UCSF HIV InSite: “Diet and Nutrition.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Could It Be My Thyroid?”

American Thyroid Association: “Thyroid and Weight.”

Hepatitis Foundation International: “Living With Hepatitis.”

National Library of Medicine: “Hepatitis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 4, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Gastroparesis.”

von Haehling, S. , Jan. 15, 2007, online edition. Cardiovascular Research

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Eating, Diet, and Nutrition for GER and GERD.”

National Cancer Institute: “Nutrition in cancer care.”

National Library of Medicine: “Swallowing Disorders.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is COPD?”

Wust, R. , September 2007. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Cleveland Clinic: “Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD.”

American Stroke Association: “Difficulty Swallowing After Stroke (Dysphagia).”

National Kidney Foundation: “How Your Kidneys Work;” “Kidney Disease;” and “Nutrition and Kidney Disease, Stages 1-4.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Food, Eating, and Alzheimer’s.”

National Parkinson Foundation: “Non-motor symptoms.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Gastroparesis.”

National Parkinson’s Foundation: “Constipation in Parkinson’s Disease.”

Tjaden, K. 2008, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation,

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Symptoms of HIV Infection (Beyond the Basics).”

Dejesus, E. , June 2007. Journal of International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care

UCSF HIV InSite: “Diet and Nutrition.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Could It Be My Thyroid?”

American Thyroid Association: “Thyroid and Weight.”

Hepatitis Foundation International: “Living With Hepatitis.”

National Library of Medicine: “Hepatitis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 4, 2020

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