Peripheral Signs and Symptoms
Blood Sugar Instability
An important function of
the liver is
regulating blood sugar level. Following
a meal, the blood sugar level increases in the serum. This sugar is
converted into glycogen and is stored in the liver. When the blood sugar
liver glycogen is decomposed into glucose and released into the
bloodstream to maintain a normal blood sugar level.
In chronic hepatitis, depending on the severity, this function can
become impaired and patients see their blood sugar levels become
In addition, HCV can cause autoimmune reactions that can damage the beta
cells of the pancreas and affect insulin production. Both factors can
cause hepatitis C-related diabetes conditions can should be treated
accordingly by the physician.