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.

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