Categories: Hepatitis C

The Affect of Alcohol on the Female Hepatitis C Patient

Hepatitis C is a complex liver disorder which affects more than four million individuals each year, many unaware of the impending diagnosis. For women struggling through this complicating liver disorder, learning to modify lifestyle is a crucial aspect of improving not only quality of life but also the rare, but increasing, mortality rate associated with hepatitis C. One such lifestyle change, involving the use of alcohol, has become a difficult habit for many women to relinquish. For women suffering from hepatitis C, taking measures to improve liver function is crucial thus requiring the elimination of alcohol from the diet.

Hepatitis C is a viral condition transmitted through blood contact with a donor who, carrying the hepatitis C virus, transmits to another individual through blood contact. While hepatitis C is rather difficult to contract, it is impossible to cure and, therefore, when diagnosed with hepatitis C, sufferers must take precautions to monitor diet, especially alcohol intake.

For women who suffer from alcoholism, life can be a daily struggle in the fight against the liver deterioration associated with hepatitis C. For women suffering from alcoholism, a hepatitis C diagnosis can lead to even greater liver complications. As a result, women, in general, should limit consumption of alcohol in moderation or not at all, especially when suffering from hepatitis C.

What is important to understand is the implication of hepatitis C on the liver, alone, which, generally, does not lead to life threatening complications. However, in recent medical research, for women who consume alcohol, after contracting hepatitis C, the combination can lead to a total liver failure. Based on the findings of this study, healthcare professionals have now further confirmed the negative implication of alcohol not only on the health of women but especially on women suffering from hepatitis C.

For women diagnosed with hepatitis C, struggling with co morbid alcoholism, seeking help from a healthcare professional is crucial. With alcoholism support groups, coupled with prescription medication to aid in the cessation of drinking, many women are finding great success in the relief of alcoholism. This combination approach to alcohol treatment is crucial to the health improvement of women with hepatitis C as well.

As with any organ disorder, seeking early diagnosis and intervention will provide for less complicated health conditions with aging. For women, the consumption of alcohol should always be kept to a minimum and, especially for women with hepatitis C, should be avoided completely. When suffering with a hepatitis C condition, seeking advice and nutrition recommendation from a dietician will provide for a more well rounded aging process when suffering with hepatitis C.

Vikram Tarugu

Dr. Vikram Tarugu is an award-winning Gastroenterologist with board certification earned from both the “American Board of Internal Medicine” and the “American Board of Internal Medicine Sub-Specialty in Gastroenterology“. Currently practicing in West Palm Beach & Okeechobee, FL. Dr. Vikram Tarugu is a proficient medical professional specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive health complications. With over 20 years of in-the-field experience, 2,000+ procedures conducted, and 4,000 patients treated; Dr. Vikram Tarugu has been recognized as one of the best GI doctors, not only in the state of Florida in which he practices, but nationwide.

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