|How to protect the liver if HBV carrier
Sep 29, 2004
I am a HBV carrier. I was infected at the time of birth. Now I am 23. I want to know what I can do to prevent/slow down damge to my liver.
From what I have heard from my doc: 1) Never drink or smoke 2) Get a blood test for HCC and liver function every year. Ultrasound is also recommended. 3) Avoid a diet of excessively fatty, salty and sweet food. 4) Must go to bed before midnight so that the liver can repair itself. ( I heard that the liver does maintainence work around 10pm to 2am? )
In practice, (1) and (2) are easily done for most people. (3) can be followed somewhat persistently. I believe that many have trouble sticking to(4)
What else do you recommend? I wish to avoid HCC and cirrosis by all means!
| Response from Dr. McGovern
If you are most worried about HCC, then speak with your doctor about getting surveillance ultrasounds and blood tests every 6 months.
Also, if you have HBV virus in your blood, then get treatment! There are great new treatments now - adefovir, lamivudine, and most recently new information that pegylated interferon is also effective.
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