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Living with Hepatitis C: How to prepare for Thanksgiving

Hepatitis C and belly size

Fatty liver disease and hepatitis C increase the risk of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma

Fat and alcohol are enemies of hepatitis C. Fatty liver disease, whether non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) are crowding out other liver diseases with increasing incidence. Fatty liver disease and hepatitis C increase the risk of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer). People with fatty livers tend to have a larger waist circumference, which is associated with multiple health risks, such as diabetes and heart disease.

As we head into the holidays, plan to stay healthy rather than to overeat. Help yourself to turkey and vegetables, but take small portions or skip the gravy, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Instead of pie, eat fruit, perhaps a baked apple or pear with cinnamon. Drink lots of water and tea and enjoy the miracle of health. Before and after you eat, take a nice stroll and enjoy autumn’s beauty.  There is nothing that tastes so good that it is worth sacrificing one’s health.

If you overdo it on Thanksgiving, you can always get back on track the next day. The sooner the better.

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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