The Link Between Hepatitis C and Diabetes

Doctors had suspected that there was a link between diabetes and Hepatitis C for a few years now the problem was pinpointing what the exact problem was and what to do about it.

The Original Suspected Link

Originally, doctors believed that the link between the Hepatitis C Virus and diabetes was the fat build up in the liver caused by the virus was the culprit. Many people have a fatty liver and never develop diabetes even people with the Hepatitis C Virus. Therefore, something was not right with this conclusion. Which lead scientists to continue their search for the connection.

The Link is Found

After more clinical studies, scientists and doctors from around the world discovered the missing link. While the Hepatitis C Virus does indeed increase the amount of fat in the liver almost by three times as much compared to a liver that is not affected by Hepatitis C.


Surprisingly the culprit is in the muscles not the liver. The liver and muscles are primarily responsible for the functioning of the insulin in the body. In such cases, the insulin resistant muscle is not able to absorb the insulin from the blood. More research is being done to see if and hopefully how this can be corrected.

Source of Information

The research was conducted by Professor Chrisholm with Dr Kerry Lee Milner from Garvan Institute, in collaboration with Professor Jacob George from University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital. Their findings were published in the Gastroenterology journal.


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