Hepatitis C: An In-Depth Guide

Loss of appetite (anorexia)

Many people with hepatitis C lose the desire to eat. The result of feeling like not eating is that you may not eat enough to maintain your health. Poor nutrition may cause weight loss, including a reduction in muscle mass.

Many people with hepatitis C lose the desire to eat. It is very important to give your body the nutrients it needs to function.

Improper absorption of digested food due to cirrhosis of the liver may result in too little or too much of one or more vitamins, minerals or other substances that are necessary for your body to function normally.

Cause

Loss of appetite can be caused by hepatitis C or peg-interferon. Flu-like symptoms such as nausea and vomiting may also affect your eating habits. Your appetite may worsen if you have cirrhosis or liver failure.

Treatment

  • It is very important to give your body the nutrients it needs to function. Ask your doctor about nutritional supplements designed to help you gain and keep a healthy weight.

Tips

Eat smaller but more frequent meals throughout the day.

Drink clear fruit juices for the extra calories.

Try ginger root or drinks or candy with ginger in them.

Try simple foods (not spicy, acidic, deep-fried or greasy) such as crackers or dry toast.