Nutrition & Cirrhosis

Patients with diabetes and heart disease have many nutrition resources.

In cirrhosis, patients know they need to avoid alcohol and salt.


Are there other things
to know about diet and
nutrition in cirrhosis?
YES! There are many ways to help the liver.


The liver performs many complex functions even when it is sick. This makes it difficult to adjust nutritional intake to help the liver.

Diet changes and adjusting eating times are very helpful in cirrhosis because they:

  • help the liver perform its many activities
  • lower the risk of infections
  • decrease the likelihood of bleeding complications
  • reduce the risk of retaining excess fluids (ascites)
  • provide a constant source of energy to enjoy activities
  • lengthen your life!


Guidelines and recommendations about nutrition in cirrhosis have been published in the medical literature. Translating this information into “What should I eat for dinner?” is not that easy!

Our national team of healthcare practitioners specializing in cirrhosis developed a practical “nutrition tool” for patients. With our patients, this became “The Nutrition in Cirrhosis Guide” – intended for patients as well as their family and friends.

For personalized nutrition assistance, ask your doctor or get a referral to a registered dietitian. Both types of healthcare practitioners can provide personalized nutrition goals and help you reach them.