Impact of hepatitis C virus infection on lifestyle.

Pier Luigi Almasio, Paola Scognamiglio, Vincenzo Galati, Maria Stella Aloisi, Massimo Puoti, Maria Giulia Antonini, Enrico Girardi, Maria Antonella Longo, Giuseppe Ippolito, Assunta Navarra, Angela Navarra, Gaetano Maurizio Ippolito

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Abstract

AIM: To evaluate the impact of the diagnosis of hepatitis C infection on lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking, sports activity and diet.METHODS: A self-administered, anonymous question-naire was offered to out-patients with HCV infection consecutively attending three clinical centres in Italy.RESULTS: Of the 275 respondents, 62.2% (171) were male. Mean age was 51 (range 20-80) years. Overall, after the diagnosis of hepatitis C, 74.5% of drinkers had modified (giving up or reducing) alcohol consumption, 21.3% of smokers had modified their habits and 32.3% of subjects who reported sports activity had either stopped or reduced frequency of activity or chose a less fatiguing sport. Sixty-four percent of the respondents reported having modified their diet, most of them on physician's advice.CONCLUSION: After the diagnosis of hepatitis C many patients correctly modified their alcohol consumption and a minority their smoking habits. The reason for reported changes in diet and physical activity needs further investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2722-2726
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume13
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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  • Gastroenterology

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    Almasio, P. L., Scognamiglio, P., Galati, V., Aloisi, M. S., Puoti, M., Antonini, M. G., Girardi, E., Longo, M. A., Ippolito, G., Navarra, A., Navarra, A., & Ippolito, G. M. (2007). Impact of hepatitis C virus infection on lifestyle. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 13, 2722-2726.