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Link between Hepatitis C and Diabetes

What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis is a condition that causes inflammation in the liver and can lead to liver damage. It’s often caused by a virus. The most common hepatitis viruses are:

  • hepatitis A
  • hepatitis B
  • hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is of major concern because about 75 to 85 % people who become infected with hepatitis C will eventually develop the chronic form of the disease.

Chronic HCV can prevent the liver from performing its basic functions, which include:

  • Proper digestion
  • Normal blood clot
  • Protein Production
  • Energy storage
  • Immunity building
  • Waste elimination

The link between chronic hepatitis C and diabetes

Since chronic HCV can impact the many functions that the liver performs, the disease can decline your health. Chronic HCV can also increase your chances of developing other immune system disorders such as heart disease, and diabetes.

Up to one-third of people with chronic HCV re prone to  type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is also linked to worsening cases of HCV.

Diabetes can also be caused if the cells in your body have difficulty absorbing blood sugar, or glucose. Glucose is a source of energy.Insulin is what helps glucose get into our cells. HCV may increase body’s insulin resistance, which is the primary risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.

If you have insulin resistance, glucose has difficulty in getting to where the body needs it.The autoimmune problems associated with HCV may also increase the probability for developing type 1 diabetes.

The chronic form of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been linked to risk factor for the development of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. And people with diabetes are likely to have a more complicated course of chronic Hepatitis Chronic Virus (HCV).

The most common way to get the hepatitis C virus is through exposure to infected blood.

This can happen via:

  • injecting drugs using a syringe previously used by infected person
  • sharing personal hygiene item, like razors
  • getting a tattoo or a body piercing using an infected needle

There is no vaccine to prevent HCV and therefore, it is important to know the risks of contracting the HCV virus, and how your health may be affected in the long-run.

Preexisting diabetes

If you have preexisting diabetes, you are at risk for a more aggressive course of HCV. This can include increased scarring and cirrhosis, poorer response to medication, and increased likelihood for developing liver cancer.

Having diabetes interferes with the normal function of your immune system. This can also decrease your body’s ability to fight off infections, including HCV.

Diabetes treatment and HCV

If you have diabetes and HCV, treatment can become more challenging. The body’s cells become more insulin resistant with HCV, so you may need more higher dose medication to keep blood sugar levels within normal. If you’re taking pills for diabetes, you might have to switch to injected insulin if your diabetes becomes too difficult to manage.

Managing both conditions

Chronic HCV and diabetes affect one another. HCV is a major risk factor for developing diabetes. Having diabetes raises the chance of complications related to chronic HCV infection.

If you have chronic HCV, your doctor may recommend regular sugar test for diabetes.You could also invest in a glucometer – self blood sugar monitoring device. 


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  1. Chunilalbharadia

    I was having diabetes before meal 415 and after meal was 691.my age is 73 previous there was no diabetes
    And colestral was 791 before one year now it down to 356 and diabetes after meal 300 .my problem is that I am having pimples in body and so many times black blood is coming.

    • Purnima Varghese


      Thanks for sharing your problem with us.

      To begin with there could be several factors which are causing you your pimples and breakouts. Diabetes is one of them and therefore ruling out other conditions is not advisable. If this condition progresses it can further worsen your situation.
      We advice you to focus on diabetes management which includes immediate reduction in blood glucose levels and also IMMEDIATELY consultation with your doctor.

      Hope this helps.

      Please feel to share your problems and queries with us.


  2. My husband detected diabetes few months ago, his before meal 256 and after meal 290 it is not in control even when. He is taking medicines what I haven do. Please help

    • Purnima Varghese


      Thank you for sharing your problem with us.
      We believe our educator is already coordinating with you.
      Will share this concern with your assigned educator for further assistance.
      Hope this helps.


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