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Growing up i saw first-hand what it was like to have cirrhosis. how can i avoid getting it like my parent?

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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
No Alcohol: Most common cause of cirrhosis of liver is acohol.So avoid drinking alcohol.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Cirrhosis: Don't drink, do drugs or eat in excess and get obese. That right there should lower your risks dramatically. Good luck and take care of yourself.
Dr. Allison Greco
Dr. Allison Grecoanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Many causes: Cirrhosis can be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, so avoiding excess intake of alcohol can be protective. Cirrhosis can also be caused by hepatitis b and c viruses that are spread by contact with blood and body fluids. These viruses can be avoided by receiving the hepatitis b vaccination, and avoiding IV drug use and unprotected sex.
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 23 years experience
Rarely inherited : there are only few inheritable conditions, and at 43 I assume you would know if you had any of those. Stay healthy, drink in moderation, be at a healthy weight and make sure you've been screened for viral hepatitis if there is any possibility you could be at risk.

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