Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for Autoimmune Hepatitis

What should I eat if I have autoimmune hepatitis?

Researchers have not found that eating, diet, and nutrition play a role in causing or preventing autoimmune hepatitis.

If you have autoimmune hepatitis, you should eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. A healthy diet is also important if autoimmune hepatitis leads to cirrhosis. Find more tips on healthy eating when you have cirrhosis.

Using corticosteroids for a long time to treat autoimmune hepatitis can lead to a loss of bone density, called osteopenia, which can lead to osteoporosis. Doctors may recommend that people who take corticosteroids also take dietary supplements of calcium and vitamin D to help prevent osteoporosis. Follow your doctor’s instructions on the type and dose of supplements you should take.

Last Reviewed March 2023
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