Lifestyle Changes as Part of Treatment for CirrhosisThere are a number of lifestyle changes that a person with cirrhosis should make in order to prevent further damage to the liver. Some of the changes include:
- Stop drinking alcohol completely. Alcohol will only lead to more liver damage.
- Do not take any medications, including those you can buy without a prescription (such as vitamins and herbal supplements), without discussing them with your doctor. Cirrhosis makes your liver sensitive to certain medications.
- Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and hepatitis B. These forms of liver disease are preventable. Also, ask your doctor about getting a flu shot and being vaccinated against pneumonia.
- Avoid eating raw oysters or other raw shellfish. Raw shellfish can harbor bacteria (Vibrio vulnificus) that cause severe infections in people with cirrhosis.
You should also talk with your healthcare provider about how much exercise you should get, as well as what diet changes you should make (see Cirrhosis Diet). Light physical activity can help stop or delay cirrhosis. Following a healthy diet is essential because the body needs all the nutrients it can get.