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Author Topic: Risky Behaviors Raise the Risk of Death as Much as Hepatitis C  (Read 5926 times)

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Among people with hepatitis C virus (HCV), unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or eating unhealthy diets apparently contribute as much to their excess risk of death as the virus itself. This finding points to a major deficit in the research into the care and treatment of the hep C population: a lack of proper attention to lifestyle-oriented risk factors that cannot simply be addressed by curing the virus.

Publishing their findings in the journal Hepatology, researchers analyzed data from the 1999 to 2010 annual U.S. National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys (NHANES), which provided detailed information on what are known as health risk behaviors (HRBs) as well as hep C status. They looked specifically at five major HRBs, including alcohol use, cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and illicit drug use.



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