7 Tips for Living With Primary Biliary Cholangitis

PBC is a lifelong condition.

Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic, or life-long, liver disease that mainly affects women between the ages of 30 and 60 years old. Even though it usually progresses slowly, this disease causes irreversible damage to your liver, putting you at risk for certain complications like liver cancer, liver scarring (cirrhosis), and brittle bones (osteoporosis). But with certain changes, you can help slow the progress of the disease and make living with PBC easier.

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