Impact of obesity on treatment of hepatitis

Hepatitis And Obesity

By Define Aesthetics, July 27, 2016

28th July is celebrated as the World Hepatitis Day worldwide. Let’s get to know what Hepatitis is and how this deadly disease is correlated with Obesity!

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver. There could be several reasons for Hepatitis. The most common ones involve Hepatitis virus, toxic substances, certain autoimmune diseases etc.

What is Hepatitis?There are different types of Hepatitis namely A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis B & C are the deadliest and causes liver cancers or cirrhosis.

Not every time Hepatitis can be treated. Hepatitis may even take lives depending on certain conditions.

How obesity is related to Hepatitis?

Obesity is associated with insulin resistance and other metabolic changes, directly causing liver damage. Obesity and fatty liver exacerbate liver injury along with other deadly liver diseases like Hepatitis C. 

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has no vaccination once it infects a patient.

The study says patients with obesity has increases level of fibrosis than patients who are not obese. Similarly obese patients do not respond well to HCV treatment compared to patients who so not have obesity. In short, obesity also prevents the treatment and makes the disease worse.

A recent study demonstrates that weight loss significantly affects HCV affected patients to get better faster. Doctors strongly recommend to lose weight for betterment and to increase the chances of getting fruitful results from the treatments.

Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver disease:

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD is a common occurrence and signified by the presence of hepatic steatosis (fat) in the absence of significant alcohol use as a cause. NAFLD is associated with many metabolic symptoms like Obesity, Diabetes, High or Low HDL etc. Occurrence of NAFD has grown manifold and expected to continue rising as the obesity is becoming prevalent day by day in our country.

Obesity plays a major role to induce these kind of diseases.

It’s also believed that Hepatitis C paired with a BMI over 30 can prove deadly to the patients. Some may even develop chances of liver cancer.

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis?

What are the symptoms of hepatitis?The symptoms may vary according to the type of Hepatitis. There are a few common symptoms to notice the changes. E.g.

  • Yellowing of the eye
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Low grade fever

Staying healthy and eating healthy are the most important things to mitigate the risk of any disease. The lifestyle habits play a huge role in your health.

What are the ideal Body Mass Index or BMI for an adult average?

  • Underweight – BMI under 18.5
  • Normal weight – BMI between 18.5 and 24.9
  • Overweight – BMI between 25 and 29.9
  • Obese – BMI of 30 and above

How do you get rid of obesity?

There are a number of ways to get rid of obesity. But, which is the safest and most effective method?

One of the extremely effective and safe method to lose weight is treating obesity with nonsurgical weight loss treatments.

Nonsurgical weight loss treatments are extremely safe to perform and has no side effects. It’s also advisable for any adult age group. There are many nonsurgical treatments among which ION MAGNUM, HIFU etc. are widely popular ones. These treatments are used globally and even by the celebrities.

They are 100% FDA approved procedures. Nonsurgical weight loss treatments can be performed in certain adverse medical condition such as diabetes. Whereas surgical procedures are strictly prohibited for patients suffering with these kinds of diseases.

It’s a miraculous technology that also aids muscle build up unlike other contemporary ones. Most importantly these are easy ones for any patients to cope up with! Absolutely no maintenance post-treatment.

Hepatitis treatments

Often obese patients with Hepatitis C are advised to get lean as early as possible. You need to extremely careful about the weight loss method you chose. In these cases diet pills are a big no!

Some doctors avoid advising liposuction due to liver health and transmissibility of the disease. You should check with your gastroenterologist before proceeding for any treatment. Nonsurgical scientific treatments are more preferable as they have no side effects and don’t involve the risk of surgeries.

Hepatitis is manageable if detected early. The bottom line is to keep your weight healthy at any cost. While obesity comes with many side effects including diabetes mellitus, obesity is proved to be deadly for other relative diseases. Prevention is always better than cure. Don’t wait until it’s too late to be cured. Don’t neglect obesity. Lose those extra kilos and gift yourself a healthy new life.

Dr. Sheetal Badami
M.B.B.S., D.A.
SCOPE Certified Obesity Physician
Director, Define Aesthetics

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