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I have had Hepatitis C for 20 years. Is the Mediterranean Diet good for my liver?
The Mediterranean Diet should be a great choice for you with Hepatitis C. While I have not been able find any specific research regarding this type of diet and viral hepatitis, the diet should be very safe for you as it is very healthy.
We know that weight control is important and this will certainly help you manage your weight. Further, a Mediterranean Diet has been shown to help reduce inflammation, so it might be helpful in this respect as well.
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP