Can primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) be prevented?
Because doctors do not know the cause of PBC, it cannot be prevented. However, you can take steps to lessen liver damage, including:
- Quit smoking, stop drinking alcohol and stop using illegal drugs
- Take all medicines as directed by your doctor.
- Eat a healthy, well balanced diet.
- Get regular exercise, such as walking.
Healthy food choices could include eating foods rich in vitamins A, D, E and K and/or supplements of these vitamins. Also, foods high in vitamin D and calcium could help prevent osteoporosis. Ask your doctor for specific foods high in these vitamins and minerals.
Foods to avoid include raw shellfish (because of possible bacteria presence); plus food high in salt, fat, and carbohydrates – especially added sugars.