Treating Hepatitis C Improves Glucose Control
The hepatitis C virus affects 3 to 4 million Americans. It can cause serious liver disease and sometimes cancer, and it also raises the risk for type 2 diabetes. Now, a study has found that clearing the virus from the body with medication can improve glucose levels in people with diabetes. The study involved 2,435 people with both diabetes and hepatitis C (their average age was 62), of whom the virus was cleared in 2,180. Once participants no longer had hepatitis C, their average A1C—a measure of overall glucose management over the previous few months—dropped from 7.2 to 6.8 percent. The drop was even greater among those whose A1C was 7.2 percent or above at the start of the study. The reason for the connection isn’t entirely clear, but hepatitis C has been linked to inflammation and insulin resistance.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online June 28, 2017