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Managing Hep C with Other Health Conditions 

Managing Hep C with Other Health Conditions 

As if having Hepatitis C wasn’t enough of a burden, many of us have other problems that can make it even worse. Some of the symptoms may be a part of liver disease due to the virus. But what happens when you have other problems that are not even related to hep C? In that case, you need help managing hep C with other health conditions.


Studies have shown that those who have hep C are at a greater risk to get type 1 and type 2 diabetes.1 Because your liver regulates the sugar in your body, you can develop insulin resistance. That just means that the sugar in your body may not get into your system as quickly as it needs to. This creates imbalance. If you already have diabetes, you can get rid of the virus and settle your body down. If you do have diabetes, the dosage of hepatitis C treatment may need to be adjusted. Your insulin may change as well, at least until you finish treatment. The newer hep C medications make it easy- less pills with fewer side effects. Your doctor can guide you on hep C treatment with diabetes.

Heart disease

If you have had hep C for a long time, you may be at risk to develop heart disease. The virus replicates in the liver, but it puts a lot of pressure on all the other organs as well. There is an increased risk of high blood pressure when liver disease become advanced. Portal hypertension is a result of a really sick liver. My doctor suggested that I lower my exercising heart rate until after treatment. That meant slower walking instead of running to prevent varices bleeds. Eating only healthy fats can help reduce the burden on your heart. Regular, gentle exercise and a heart healthy diet are recommended before, and during, treatment.


If you have sores in your stomach, they may be a part of liver disease that stem from varices in your stomach. I had many in the top of my stomach, and they caused nausea and vomiting at times. Other types of ulcers may be caused by bacteria or by food allergies. Stress can make ulcers worse due to increased stomach acid. Your doctor can advise you about antacids or other types of nausea medications while you are on treatment. Many stomach problems can go away after clearing the virus.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease causes congestion and tightness in the lungs. It can be hard to get a deep breath due to restriction in the airways. Staying on track with medical treatment for COPD can help you while treating for hep C. Your doctor can monitor your hemoglobin and help you until you clear the virus. In the meantime, you can self-monitor oxygen and activity levels until you reach SVR.

Summing it up

Hepatitis C is a dangerous and invasive virus that breeds in your liver and can create inflammation in your whole body. If you already have diabetes, heart disease, stomach, or lung problems, they may get worse. Managing hep C with other health conditions is not easy. After you clear the virus, you can then focus on taking care of the rest of your body. Talk to your doctor about any fears you may have. In my personal experience, everything gets a whole lot easier after hep C is gone.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

  1. Hammerstad SS, Grock SF, Lee HJ, Hasham A, Sundaram N, Tomer Y. Diabetes and Hepatitis C: A Two-Way Association. Frontiers in Endocrinology. 2015;6:134. doi:10.3389/fendo.2015.00134.


  • Candice Russell
    1 year ago

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  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    1 year ago

    Thanks for asking. I’ve got some notes about them and plan on posting soon.
    Xo Karen

  • highmaintenance
    1 year ago

    Great article. Unfortunately I don’t have any of those mentioned.
    My problem was/is living with spinal injuries, such as 4
    Herniated Disc in my neck C-3 thru C-6 & operation from my L-5 thru
    Sacrium -1. After 11 years the pain is constantly messing with practically ALL activities. I do get SI shots in my lower back from time to time. Feeling Stuck! Welcome any Comments or Suggestions.

  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    1 year ago

    Thanks for writing. I’ve thought about your comments a lot. I’ve been in physical therapy for almost 3 years for neck and hip/lower back pain. I’ve never done the shots. Do they seem to help?
    The best suggestions for a pain med free person is to strengthen the muscles you can, while getting rid of adhesions in your muscles. Joints, tendons, and ligaments all become involved and can “lock” you up. I’m finally getting to a point where muscles are moving more freely. I’ve don’t some yoga videos on that and may make some for this website too. Staying calm while in pain and continuing to move takes a lot of mental stamina. I hope you are able to find relief using a combination of therapy and movement.
    If a video would help, let me know.
    Xo Karen

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