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Things to do to take care of your liver

for Veterans and the Public

Check the list below for what you have done or are going to do to take care of your liver.

  • I am not drinking alcohol or using street drugs.
  • I always take the medications that my provider has ordered for me. I know their names and what each medication is for.
  • I tell my provider if I am taking over-the-counter or herbal medications.
  • I have been tested to see whether I need to get the hepatitis A and B vaccines (hepatitis A and B are viruses that attack the liver).
  • I have received the pneumonia vaccine and I get my annual flu shot (people with cirrhosis are more likely to get infections).
  • I eat a well-balanced diet that is low in fat and includes enough protein.
  • I keep a healthy weight.
  • I make sure to have a balance of work, rest, and exercise in my life.
  • I cope well with stress (or I ask for guidance when I can't cope).
  • I tell my health care provider if I am depressed.
  • I have never smoked cigarettes, I have quit smoking, or I have discussed quitting with my health care provider.
  • I have asked my health care provider about whether I need a liver transplant.