August 14, 2017
Health risk behaviors, such as alcohol use, cigarette smoking and unhealthy diets, contributed equally toward mortality risk for patients with chronic hepatitis C as the infection itself, according to a recently published study.
“Individuals with [chronic HCV] infection in the U.S. exhibit a considerable excess mortality risk. Yet, about half of this excess may reflect high levels of [health risk behaviors] as opposed to the effects of [chronic HCV] infection itself,” Hamish Innes, MD, from Glasgow Caledonian University, and colleagues wrote. “This study therefore highlights the importance of a public health response to hepatitis C that includes action on [health risk behaviors] as well as access to antiviral therapy.”