Fall Sports and Hepatitis C

Fall Sports and Hepatitis C

Watching Sports

For many, the fall season brings up memories of years of watching football and other sports on television or attending the games in person. The chillier weather brings about histories of cheering on one’s favorite team from the couch or from the stands. However, for a person with hepatitis C, there are some aspects of this tradition that should be altered in order to be as healthy as possible during the hepatitis C treatment process.

One of the most important aspects for many people watching sports is related to the foods and drinks that are typically associated with the game viewing experience. Chips, fried foods, beer, and other unhealthy items are standard American tailgate game items. Although these are not considered healthy foods and drinks for anyone, they are typically seen as a splurge or something that is not any big concern. However, for someone with hepatitis C, these items can be truly dangerous.

Hepatitis C can be an illness that may show no symptoms for years or even decades after infection, yet it can also cause extensive damage to the body. One of the biggest concerns is the possible liver damage that can occur when the hepatitis C virus goes untreated for a prolonged period of time. When this happens, the liver may struggle to process fats and other organs may struggle to function at their full capacity. When this is occurring, the body may struggle with nutrition and with properly handling the absorption and elimination of fats. For this reason, doctors recommend that those with hepatitis C be much more aware of their diet than the average person. In addition, while a patient’s body is fighting the virus during the treatment protocol, it is important for the person to be as healthy as possible in order to give the body its best chances of health through the sometimes difficult medication treatment plan.

In addition, alcohol can be extremely taxing on a body that has liver damage, which is a common issue for people who have had chronic hepatitis C. Although it may not seem as traditional to find healthier foods and drinks to enjoy during the game, this small change can lead to better treatment experiences for those with hepatitis C.

Playing Sports

The fall season can also bring invitations to participate in outdoor sports. As the weather cools, many begin to join flag football or other community leagues or gather their friends to play impromptu games during their free time. Although the camaraderie and exercise are great aspects of these experiences, some people with liver damage and those on treatment may need to be cautious.

Rest is important for those currently in treatment. You can still exercise on hep C treatment, but always check with your doctor and healthcare team to make sure you don’t over-do it! You may want to resume your normal activity, but it is important to listen to your body and rest when needed!

Lastly, some medications for hepatitis C treatment have side effects that can include nausea, dizziness, exhaustion, and feeling light-headed. Any person playing contact sports of any kind should be aware of these side effects and should make sure that they are not experiencing them before participating in the game.1-4

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