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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.

Dr. McGovern

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