Insulin Resistance Responsible For Liver Scarring
Insulin resistance is responsible for liver scarring in Hepatitis C patients. A recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, has described the relationship between insulin resistance, liver scarring and viral endurance in hepatitis C patients.
Researchers were able to conclude the following based on their investigation:
- Asians had a significantly higher level of insulin resistance than Caucasians
- Insulin resistance plays a considerable role in liver injury and scarring in patients with hepatitis C (regardless of the strain or genotype)
- Patients with hepatitis C and insulin resistance had a reduced response of the virus to anti-viral therapy. That is, the survival rate of the hepatitis C virus is increased if insulin resistance is present.
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