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Welcome to the Hep Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people who have Hepatitis B, C or a co-infection, their friends and family and others with questions about hepatitis and liver health. Check in frequently to read what others have to say, post your comments, and hopefully learn more about how you can reach your own health goals.

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The prevalence of NAFLD is alarming and the lack of approved treatments is concerning.
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NAFLD is non alcohol fatty liver disease and NASH is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis which is the later stage of liver injury

While NAFLD and NASH are associated with being overweight they can occur in patients who are not obese and can even occur in patients who are considered normal BMI

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3959355/
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If I'm not wrong, NAFLD is the same as NASH, and both terms are related to obesity.
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Thanks for sharing! I didn't pay much attention to NAFLD until now.
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Considering Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Does Medicare Cover Hep C Treatment?
« Last post by jberlin on November 08, 2022, 08:10:52 am »
(Question split off into a new topic)
Hello,

Great question, with an answer that could easily vary over the years. The short answer is that Medicare will cover some of the costs of Hep C treatment, and depending on factors such as whether you have Medicare Part D, or an Advantage Plan (Part C). Without one of these add-ons, my guess would be that the gap in coverage would be very expensive, as Hep C treatment is costly, and would suggest you discuss your situation with a medical professional familiar with your insurance coverage. 

Hope this is a hypothetical only and you you actually don't have this dreaded virus. Treatments are very effective now, so if you do have Hep C, we at this forum want you treated as soon as possible, and hope you will inform our audience as to what you learn from the medical insurance experts.

jack
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Considering Hepatitis C Treatment / Does Medicare Cover Hep C Treatment?
« Last post by PhenMichel on November 08, 2022, 06:07:50 am »
Does Medicare help treat this disease?
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According to American Liver Foundation "About 100 million individuals in the United States are estimated to have Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease." They also go on to say "Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), is the most common form of liver disease in children and has more than doubled over the past 20 years."

It is chronically under diagnosed but it is a serious problem.

Hep also recently reported NAFLD Is Leading Cause of Liver Cancer Among Older Americans .

It isn't talked about much, YET, but it will be a big topic of conversation in the years to come.
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Not sure if you have a question there but i guess I have a couple. Did the Dentist know about your hep C status? If that was the reason he denied services that would be a violation of the ADA Americans with Disabilities Act. This would be a reason for that dentist to lose his license to practice.

Another question are you familiar with the new generation DAA medicines approved since 2014? The relatively new medicines like Epclusa are much better tolerated and highly effective boasting cure rates above 98% and much better tolerated by most patients then the old Interferon based treatments. So I’m kinda wondering why you haven’t treated yet to cure your hepatitis c before it caused continuing damage to your liver.

Sorry this has happened to you and best of luck.
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I have hepatitis C, and I prefer not to talk about it. But recently, I had to deal with a dentist's rudeness toward me. He refused to look at my teeth and told me to go to another dentist. When I left the office, I wanted to cry and felt like a jerk. I want to sue him, but I don't want the case to become public. Now I fear dentists, and at the same time, I want to fix the problem of crooked teeth. My brother advised me to go to this doctor: <LINK DELETED>. But no matter how good he is, I still can't trust any doctor.
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Hi, thanks for sharing! The study's findings are concerning, but it's important to remember that NAFLD is still a relatively rare disease. The vast majority of people with NAFLD will never develop liver cancer. However, if you have NAFLD, you must monitor your liver health closely and see your doctor regularly. There are treatments available that can help slow the disease's progression. In the worst scenario, in the case of cancer, we should remember that nowadays, many revolutionary anti cancer drugs are available. However, it's obviously better to prevent the disease than to treat it. Take care of yourselves, folks.
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