Nutrition in alcoholic liver disease.

Abstract

Liver disease secondary to alcohol ranges from alcoholic fatty liver disease to acute hepatitis to cirrhotic liver disease. It is imperative that alcohol be discontinued to allow for any potential improvement in liver function, with most benefit being seen in the early stages of the disease. Alcoholic liver disease has a profound effect on nutrient intake, nutrition status, and metabolism, contributing to a high prevalence of malnutrition in this population. Early intervention with nutrition therapy may improve response to treatment, alleviate symptoms, and improve quality and quantity of life. In this review, nutrition assessment parameters and medical nutrition therapy goals for alcoholic liver disease are discussed.

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@article{DiCecco2006NutritionIA, title={Nutrition in alcoholic liver disease.}, author={Sara R DiCecco and Nickie Francisco-Ziller}, journal={Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition}, year={2006}, volume={21 3}, pages={245-54} }