Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

What should I eat if I have PSC?

You should eat well-balanced meals that give you enough calories and nutrients. If you have low levels of fat-soluble vitamins in your body, your doctor may recommend eating foods that are high in vitamins A, D, E, and K. A health care professional such as a dietitian or nutritionist can help you plan meals that are good sources of these vitamins.

Grilled fish and vegetables on a plate.
If you have PSC, you should eat well-balanced meals that give you enough calories and nutrients.

What should I avoid eating if I have PSC?

You should avoid eating raw shellfish such as oysters, which can have bacteria that may cause severe infections in people with liver disease. Your doctor may recommend that you avoid foods that are high in salt, fat, and carbohydrates, especially those with added sugars.

Your doctor will recommend that you stop drinking alcohol, or at least limit your intake to no more than one or two drinks per week. If you have PSC and cirrhosis, your doctor will recommend that you don’t drink any alcohol at all.

January 2018
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This content is provided as a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. The NIDDK translates and disseminates research findings through its clearinghouses and education programs to increase knowledge and understanding about health and disease among patients, health professionals, and the public. Content produced by the NIDDK is carefully reviewed by NIDDK scientists and other experts.

The NIDDK would like to thank:
Keith D. Lindor, M.D., Arizona State University