#Liverchat: A Twitter Chat with Mayo Experts about Liver Disease

I have fatty liver disease. What can I do to keep my liver healthy? Is the Paleo Diet good for me? Is milk thistle good for my liver?

Chances are, if you have liver disease and you’re just concerned with your health, you’ve probably wondered what kinds of things you can do to take care of your liver. With that in mind, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 21 at Noon ET (11am CT) as we co-host a Tweetchat with the American Liver Foundation about liver wellness and nutrition.

To address frequent discussion topics and answer your questions, we’ve assembled a group of experts, including several transplant hepatologists and a nutritionist.

Experts:

  • @DebraASilverman – Debi Silverman, Dietitian, Mayo Clinic
  • @DeniseHarnoisDO – Denise Harnois, D.O., Transplant Hepatologist, Mayo Clinic
  • @MariaYatacoMD – Maria Yataco, M.D., Transplant Hepatologist, Mayo Clinic
  • @AndrewKeavenyMD – Andrew Keaveny, M.D., Transplant Hepatologist, Mayo Clinic
  • @MMalespinMD – Miguel Malespin, M.D., Transplant Hepatologist at UF Jax

The last 15 minutes will be devoted to questions from the Twitter audience.

To join the chat, log in to Twitter. (Or sign up for an account. It only takes a few seconds.) Use hashtag #liverchat to see the stream of conversation.

Following a Twitter chat is easy using Twubs or Tweetchat.

Here’s a how-to guide if you’re new to Twitter chats.

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@coastalgirl

Good morning, All. Just wishing you all a productive healthy week. Just keep in mind that diet can affect your quality of life in an extremely positive way so continue to be proactive in your approach and be patient with the process!! Stay positive and you have won half the battle! #livestrong

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HI COASTALGIRL,I’M TRYIN TO EAT THE RIGHT STUFF BUT ENDED UP WTH A STOMACH FLU,THE ER SAIS.HERE WE GO,Ha

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@mollyb1968

Are there certain food we should eat or not eat? If so what are they?

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nothing canned, no frozen box crap. no sulfides (processed meat),no pizza ,no bacon, no burgers, no donuts, no ice cream, no fried basically no bread.but you can get carbs from pasta and rice as it has basically no sodium,food,no oysters no shrimp no clams. no salt (very important), no cow,no cheese, no milk no grapefruit (i have no idea why) black coffee. Broccoli and quinoa is all your allowed.basically if it is flavorless and bland its ok. it is flavorless diet but it helps a lot.Bon Apetit’ lol

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@mollyb1968

Are there certain food we should eat or not eat? If so what are they?

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@mollyb1968, Here is a helpful link to Mayo/Nash liver disease.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease/home/ovc-20211638
There is a section on ‘self-management” that you will direct your food choices. The emphasis with liver disease is to eat healthy with emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The directions that I was given early on was to eat a “heart healthy” diet. I currently eat heart healthy, and I enjoy a full range of delicious foods. I just have learned to rethink my meal planning and grocery shopping
Of course, any alcohol is to be avoided.
There are many heart healthy recipes out there. And the benefits extend to all areas of your health, both now and in the future!
Rosemary

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Hi all,
Thank you for your interest in the upcoming Twitter #LiverChat. @audreylaine is gathering your questions to bring to the panelists.

Several of you mentioned that you weren’t sure how to follow the chat. Here’s the easiest way to follow without having to signup for Twitter:
1. Go to http://twubs.com/liverchat
2. Follow the conversation. Note that the messages will appear in reverse chronological order.

If you want to post a message, you will need a Twitter account.
The first 45 minutes, we will hear from the panelists answering frequently asked questions. The last 15 minutes will be a live Q&A from people following on Twitter.

Following the chat, we will post a transcript of the archived conversation right here on Connect.

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@colleenyoung

Hi all,
Thank you for your interest in the upcoming Twitter #LiverChat. @audreylaine is gathering your questions to bring to the panelists.

Several of you mentioned that you weren’t sure how to follow the chat. Here’s the easiest way to follow without having to signup for Twitter:
1. Go to http://twubs.com/liverchat
2. Follow the conversation. Note that the messages will appear in reverse chronological order.

If you want to post a message, you will need a Twitter account.
The first 45 minutes, we will hear from the panelists answering frequently asked questions. The last 15 minutes will be a live Q&A from people following on Twitter.

Following the chat, we will post a transcript of the archived conversation right here on Connect.

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Thank you, @colleenyoung. That is correct, if you want to follow the discussion, click the link in #1 above Wed. at noon ET. You’ll see the tweets as they are posted. A lot of your questions will be answered in the first 45 minutes as the experts answer questions often sent to the American Liver Foundation. Especially those about diet. I’ll select a few questions from Connect and pose them at the end, as long as time allows.

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@coastalgirl

Good morning, All. Just wishing you all a productive healthy week. Just keep in mind that diet can affect your quality of life in an extremely positive way so continue to be proactive in your approach and be patient with the process!! Stay positive and you have won half the battle! #livestrong

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Bummer! Bless you. I sure am sending positive healing blessings your way. Keep doing all the right things and things will turn around. You have your own cheerleaders rooting for you!! Hope this group gives you hope and emotional strength as well as some great advice from other folks just like you!! Stay strong:))

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@rosemarya

@swordfish, I want you to be aware of this opportunity to learn some more about taking care of that new liver. I hope that you continue to get back to full health. Rosemary

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@swordfsh,OK ROSEMARY I’M SIGNED UP,I THINK,FOR THE LIVER CHAT @NOON TODAY

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@rosemarya

@swordfish, I want you to be aware of this opportunity to learn some more about taking care of that new liver. I hope that you continue to get back to full health. Rosemary

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Great @swordfish. Go here to follow the conversation http://twubs.com/liverchat

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@colleenyoung @audreylaine, Thank you for this opportunity.
And a special thanks to American Liver Foundation and Mayo experts for providing us with this helpful information!
Those of us who are in the midst of liver disease, as well as those who have transplanted, can always learn ways to take care of our bodies.
Rosemary, recipient

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@rosemarya

@swordfish, I want you to be aware of this opportunity to learn some more about taking care of that new liver. I hope that you continue to get back to full health. Rosemary

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@swordfish, How did it go? Did you get on? Great information to stay healthy.
I have to share that this was my 1st time on Twitter, too! And my crazy laptop and internet connection were acting up, again:-( Can you believe that I was using my iphone to view most of it. O well, maybe I’m stronger for it?
Rosemary

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@rosemarya

@mollyb1968, I want to make you aware of this opportunity to get information from the experts. I know that you are being very proactive in searching for more information and I hope this is helpful. I hope you are doing okay as you await your appointment. Rosemary

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I did not get to see it. I could not remember my password for twitter. My memory is failing me. I did not, therefore, get the answer to my question. Sorry I missed it. Hope you are well today.

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@rosemarya

@mollyb1968, I want to make you aware of this opportunity to get information from the experts. I know that you are being very proactive in searching for more information and I hope this is helpful. I hope you are doing okay as you await your appointment. Rosemary

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Andrew Keaveny, M.D. ‏@AndrewKeavenyMD
For complex liver issues, we recommend you see a Hepatologist or a GI with expertise in liver disease. #LiverChat

In reply to…
Audrey Laine Seymour ‏@AudreyLaine2
#Liverchat question from mollyb1968 on Mayo Clinic Connect: Newly diagnosed with a GI taking care of me. Should I have a hepatologist?

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@rosemarya

@mollyb1968, I want to make you aware of this opportunity to get information from the experts. I know that you are being very proactive in searching for more information and I hope this is helpful. I hope you are doing okay as you await your appointment. Rosemary

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@mollyb1968, I am so sorry that you missed it:-( But I think I read on here somewhere that a summary will be available.
Your question was posted and addressed. I think I recall something like, a GI who is familiar with liver or hepatologist. But please check back to the summary for the correct wording. Rosemary

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@rosemarya

@swordfish, I want you to be aware of this opportunity to learn some more about taking care of that new liver. I hope that you continue to get back to full health. Rosemary

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Thanks for joining the Twitter conversation all. Twitter chats take some getting used to. I personally love them, but I’ve been doing it since 2009. I’ll let you in on a little secret. It was the first time twitter chat for some of the Mayo Clinic experts in the room too. It was a hoot listening to them and how excited they were to so easily share with all of you. There’s already talk of when they can do another one 🙂
Here’s a picture of them in the room.

PS: We’ll post the transcript of the chat in a day or 2.

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@rosemarya

@mollyb1968, I want to make you aware of this opportunity to get information from the experts. I know that you are being very proactive in searching for more information and I hope this is helpful. I hope you are doing okay as you await your appointment. Rosemary

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Molly and Rosemary, Audrey Laine posted Molly’s question and Dr. Keaveny’s response above.
If you want to see the whole conversation, you can see it here: http://twubs.com/liverchat (It is in reverse chronological order.)

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