Cirrhosis: Questions About Reducing Sodium

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Cirrhosis: Questions About Reducing Sodium

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If you need to limit the amount of sodium in your diet, you should see a health professional to help you evaluate your current diet and target how much sodium you should have in your diet. Here are some questions to consider asking:

  • I have cirrhosis. What can you tell me about how eating less sodium will help me?
  • Isn't sodium found in all foods?
  • Do I need a minimum amount of sodium?
  • Can you tell me some foods to avoid because of high sodium content? If I like these foods, what can I substitute?
  • How can I count sodium content in my foods?
  • What's the difference between salt and sodium? Aren't they the same?
  • How can reading food labels and ingredient lists help me cut back on sodium?
  • How can I cook using less sodium?


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
Last Revised June 7, 2010

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