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Glucose: Associated Laboratory Test for Hepatitis C

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Glucose - Hepatitis C for Patients

Glucose is also called "blood sugar." It comes from the breakdown of foods and from production of glucose by the liver.

Explanation of test results:

When the glucose (or blood sugar) level is higher than normal, this is known as "hyperglycemia." Patients whose fasting glucose levels are higher than 126 mg/dL are considered to have diabetes mellitus. Patients who have hepatitis C and have diabetes mellitus may have a more difficult time controlling their glucose while receiving interferon treatment.

Other things to know:

  • Most people who have a family history of diabetes, are overweight, or are older than 50 should have a fasting glucose level checked by their doctor.
  • If you develop diabetes, it is not necessarily related to your hepatitis C.
  • If you already have diabetes, it is very important to work to get your glucose levels well controlled. Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to "fatty liver" in addition to the hepatitis C infection of the liver.
  • Fatty liver and hepatitis C together can make liver disease much worse.