Diabetes is more prevalent among people with hepatitis C virus (HCV), especially if they have a certain genetic variant of the virus, Express News Service reports. Publishing their findings in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, researchers studied 115 people with hep C-related chronic liver diseases between 2012 and 2014.
Overall, 22 percent of the participants had diabetes, a rate much higher than in the general population. For those who had the non-CC genotype of the interleuken-28b hep C gene, the diabetes rate was 31 percent, while the rate was 13 percent of those who had the CC genotype.
The non-CC genotypes are associated with insulin resistance, which can precipitate diabetes.
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