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7 Things You Can Do to Prevent Cirrhosis 2

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3.  Get Vaccinated

If you work in health care, law enforcement or any other profession where you might come in contact with people who have hepatitis, you should consider getting vaccinated against hepatitis B. There’s no vaccine for hepatitis C.

In the United States, a vaccine for hepatitis B is also recommended for the following people:

Anyone under 19
Anyone who has unprotected sex or uses intravenous drugs
Anyone who’s been infected with hepatitis C or HIV
Kidney patients on hemodialysis

People with liver disease
Gay men
People with diabetes who are between ages 19 and 59
People traveling to areas with a higher incidence of hep B, such as South Asia and Africa

4. Watch What You Eat

Fatty buildup in your liver can cause nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and lead to cirrhosis. NASH is linked to high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, obesity, and diabetes.

If you stick to a healthy diet, limit your portions, and maintain a healthy weight, you’ll lower your chance of developing both NASH and cirrhosis.

5. Have a Cup (or Two) of Joe

It turns out that drinking more coffee may greatly lower your chance of cirrhosis. One large study showed that people who drank two or more cups of coffee a day were up to half as likely to get cirrhosis as those who drank less than one cup.

6. Take Statins

These drugs are typically used to treat high cholesterol. They may also help protect you from developing cirrhosis if you have hepatitis C and hepatitis B. Studies found people with hepatitis B who took statins were less likely to develop cirrhosis than those with hepatitis who weren’t on statins.

7. Get Tested

If you were born in South Asia, Africa, or other parts of the world where hepatitis B and C are common, you should be screened for cirrhosis. Early treatment can prevent the onset of the disease.

Anyone who should get a vaccine for hepatitis B (see above) should also be screened, along with baby boomers (born between 1945 and 1965).

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