Lactulose, Diabetes, Diets

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GodsPrincess
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   Posted 7/27/2010 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Okay So my grandmother was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver about a month ago. She recently had to start taking the substance lactulose. The doctor was not very specific of what she could eat. She has been eating alot of fruits and sugar free jello. But the thing is she is sick of it. Does anyone know what other foods she should stay away from, or foods she could eat. Such as red meat, chicken and more. She would like to add variety but it is very hard. So if you know of anything she could eat, please tell.
Thank you Kindly,
GodsPrincess(:

mer
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   Posted 7/27/2010 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear GodsPrincess,

Welcome to the forum! You will find alot of support and resources here! You may read through the educational threads which will arm you with a vast amount of information. With liver disease, lots of fresh fruit and veggies is a very good thing. She may have protein, but stay away from red meat as it is harder for the liver to break down. It's also a good thing to keep her on a low sodium diet to combat any fluid retention issues.

What was the underlying cause of her cirrhosis?? She needs to completely abstain from alcohol.

So, basically, she can eat quite a bit, just make sure it is not high in sodium, and stay away from that red meat!! Chicken, fish, etc is fine. There are many veggies out there that are also a good source of protein.

I wish you well.

Mer

hep93
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   Posted 7/27/2010 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Princess, and welcome to the forum.  I'm sorry about your grandmother.  However, she can eat most foods, as Mer said.  Just stay away from red meat.  Also avoid highly processed foods and most canned foods as they tend to be high in sodium.  The more natural a food is, the better it is for her.  And absolutely NO alcohol.  The Lactulose is to treat her hepatic encephalopathy, which is due to excessive ammonia levels in the brain.  As Mer suggested, read the info in the folder at the top of the page entitled Hepatitis Resources.  Also read some of the older posts here regarding cirrhosis and nutrition.

I hope this helps.

Hugs,

Connie


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GodsPrincess
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   Posted 7/30/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much. I would like to know is hot dogs okay for her to eat? ANother question for her is if she is able tro eat at least one hamburger a month. She would like to know. Her underlying cause was her chronic hepatitis C . She does not drink alchol what so ever so that is good.
Thank you you both for so so much, it means alot to my family(:
GodsPrincess

hep93
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   Posted 7/30/2010 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hot dogs are not the most healthful thing she could eat. They have nitrites and a variety of chemicals in them. Plus she'd probably have it on a white bun . Baked or broiled fish, skinless chicken, turkey, shellfish, pork tenderloin...these are better choices. A hamburger a month won't kill her, but it's better to use ground turkey. It's very bland by itself, but with seasonings it's hard to tell the difference from beef. You can do a search on the Internet for recipes or go to Chow.com. Don't forget other sources of protein such as beans and eggs.

Has she had treatment for hep C or has it been suggested?

Hugs,
Connie
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GodsPrincess
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   Posted 8/2/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
he was alreadsy treated for hep C, that is gone. She has cirrohisis of the liver now. She is taking lactulose a medicine to help with her chirrhosis Is on the list for a new liver. She would like to know if she could have pork n beans , pinto beans, chorizo with eggs and light ranch dressing with her raw veggies.
Thanks alot,
GodsPrincess(:

hep93
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   Posted 8/2/2010 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   

The chorizo and eggs should preferably not be fried.  Pork and beans is not the best choice, but not the worst, either.  Canned foods and frozen dinners tend to have high salt content and she needs to keep her sodium as low as possible to prevent swelling.

The Lactulose she is taking is for elevated ammonia levels that affect the brain and cause hepatic encephalopathy.  It's important that she take this med.  The high ammonia is probably caused by her cirrhosis.  You can read more about this in the educational folder at the top of the page, entitled Hepatitis Resources (which is not just about hepatitis.)

Hugs,

Connie


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GodsPrincess
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   Posted 8/3/2010 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay thank you. alot. last but not least she would like to know if she could have a dill pickle and her light ranch dressing? and also how much cheese. but thanks i will check that out (:
Thanks Alot,
GodsPrincess

hep93
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   Posted 8/3/2010 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Princess, no pickles of any kind--too much salt!  Not much cheese, either, for the same reason...sodium.  A little light Ranch dressing should be okay, but she's better off with olive oil and vinegar.  Fresh foods really need to be emphasized, with no added salt during cooking.  She could get a salt substitute or use various herbs and spices for flavor.  Start reading labels.  If one of the first 5 ingredients is salt, then it's bad for her.

Hope this helps.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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GodsPrincess
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   Posted 8/3/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok she wants to know if non fat yougart is ok blended with fresh fruits....she is not much on olive oil n vinegar sorry...also what do u think about a chicken bowl? it does have rice in it but she never has used soy sauce so that would be no problem...i love my nana n we all want her around for a long time inspite of her condition..do not worry she has not drank aclcohol at all n does not smoke..so no problem there..so no cheese...well she is doing good thus far no swelling of her feet or legs no more n we thank the lord for that...but she barely eats i feel bad for her cause it is like all of sudden she cannot enjoy her favorite foods mexican because that is our heritage nor chinese food..her family grew up eatin chinese dinner every other sunday nite when my great granparents were alive her parents...she know when we make tacos n kills her not have one nor salsa n chips....she cries alot..we r waiting to see when they will put her name on the list for transplant we pray soon.Thank u for all ur help let me know about the non fat yogart pls...
Gods princess

hep93
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   Posted 8/3/2010 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Princess, nonfat yogurt mixed with fresh fruit should be just fine.  I know it is really hard to give up certain foods, especially those that you've eaten all your life, but it is to her benefit to do so.  If she is lucky enough to get a transplant, then she can again enjoy certain foods.  She would be extremely uncomfortable if she started blowing up from the sodium and had to go in and be drained every couple of weeks, etc.  It's far better to make the dietary changes.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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GodsPrincess
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   Posted 8/4/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
 Connie, can you please tell me if she could have a chicken bowl. It has steamed white rice and chicken. No salt included. Is that okay? A green salsa chicken or pork burrito? Is a white tortilla okay with that. The burrito includes no beans or rice.
 
Thank Yous,
GodsPrincess

hep93
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   Posted 8/4/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   

All of that is fine, as long as there is no added salt.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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GodsPrincess
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   Posted 8/17/2010 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Connie,
it has been a while since I have wrote you back and Im sorry, we have have been busy worrying about my nanas procedure on the 23rd. They are going to check her lungs and heart. They will be sticking a scope down her throat. Meaning she will be sore when she wakes up. So she would like to know if Ice Cream is okay for her to eat. Please and Thank you. Oh and I ask you keep her in your prayers <3
GodsPrincess

hep93
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   Posted 8/17/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Princess!  I suspect that the endoscopy is to check for varices, which are swollen veins in the esophagus and abdomen that can burst.  Ice cream is fine for a day or two, but popsicles or frozen fruit bars are even better, as the cold ice numbs the throat.  I always ask for them in the hospital after surgery and having that breathing tube down my throat.

Let us know how her procedure goes and what the results are.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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