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Author Topic: Hep C and hypoglycemia  (Read 13172 times)

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Offline Mac

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Hep C and hypoglycemia
« on: June 08, 2015, 02:26:28 pm »
For the past several months on treatment for hep c (with cirrhosis), my glucose test shows 2.5.  This has never been a problem before.  I wonder if it is the liver disease causing it? Anyone else with hypoglycemia?

Offline moto

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Re: Hep C and hypoglycemia
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2015, 02:52:44 pm »
I've had a few times when I wondered about hypoglycemia,   my Dr has never commented about my glucose being abnormal. I seem to get a little shaky if I work through lunch and don't keep hydrated, noticed dark urine after episodes. An empty stomach and not enough water seem to be the precursor to trouble for me. I keep a Snickers bar around for an occasional quick fix. Never had to do this prior to tx.

Offline Mac

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Re: Hep C and hypoglycemia
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2015, 11:14:51 am »
Thanks for your response. I bought a glucose tester and will test daily to see what is happening.

Offline Mike

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Re: Hep C and hypoglycemia
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2015, 01:08:22 pm »
The liver does produce/release glucose (usually in the morning) which is what "wakes you up." However, the liver does not regulate glucose levels, as this is the function of the pancreas and insulin.   

Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels) can occur for several reasons. The most common would relate to diet and not consuming enough carbs  (our body turn carbs in to glucose, which provides our energy).

I haven't read any literature that associates HCV and/or liver disease with hypoglycemia.

I would talk to your doctor about this. You may need to adjust your diet a bit.

Best wishes, Mike
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Offline muhammad saleem

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diagnosed FOR HEP C as positive.
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2015, 08:28:47 am »
On 15 April 2015 I got tested for the hep -c as positive. Then I worried very much , my doctor advised me to go for PCR RNA testing and Ultra sound results. The PCR RNA is negative (undetectable) but on the ultrasound report is mentioning size variation in liver by 2 cm. Actually what it happened from the past months I ate meat in very enough quantity with that i started feeling pain in my liver with vomiting and rushed to the doctor, he advised me to take above tests.
Now position is balanced and not feeling any pain with initial intake of medicines   but i am feeling a liter weight  on my breast that is due to size variation. I am much worried about this and want cure this by consulting you. My doctor has said that you don't worry it will reverse after some period of time. I need your expert opinion over this and your advice for which food chart should i adopt as a remedy to problem. My age is 33 years.     

Offline moto

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Re: Hep C and hypoglycemia
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2015, 01:44:56 pm »
Hi Muhammad,
This is a forum where patients exchange with other patients, their experiences, ideas, encouragement and hope.
Most members are not qualified to offer expert or professional medical advice.
Your best bet for medical advice will be your doctor.
Some members may be more knowledgeable due to medical backgrounds and what they know and share may help you to decide on a path.
I hope this helps you to understand the limitations of a forum like this and
I hope you find the answers your looking for.

Offline muhammad saleem

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Re: Hep C and hypoglycemia
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2015, 11:53:27 pm »
Thanks MOTO for your kind reply. My concern is with negative PCR RNA  reports what does this means? Is patient clear of hcv and how should he adopt the routine life.

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Hep C and hypoglycemia
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2015, 12:12:23 am »
If your HCV RNA by PCR test is not detected for hep c even if you test positive for the antibodies for Hep c antibodies you do not have hep c.

Testing positive for hep c antibodies mean at some point you had an exposure to hep c you will always test positive for the antibodies.

But testing not detected for the virus means you do not have hepatitis c. I am not a medical person you should confirm this with your doctor.

As far as your routine life that is between you and your doctor. In general maintain a healthy lifestyle as everyone should do with adequate rest, exercise, a healthy diet and drink enough fluids.

Unless you have a medical condition that would need you to have a special diet or restrict certain activities. That would again be best addressed by your personal physician
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!

Offline muhammad saleem

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Re: Hep C and hypoglycemia
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2015, 07:17:57 am »
Thanks LynnK
Your reply is very encouraging for me. I will be more positive to your advice.


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