Impact of hepatitis C virus infection on lifestyle

Paola Scognamiglio, Vincenzo Galati, Assunta Navarra, Maria Antonella Longo, Maria Stella Aloisi, Maria Giulia Antonini, Massimo Puoti, Piero Luiqi Almasio, Giuseppe Ippolito, Enrico Girardi

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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 questionnaire 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
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - May 21 2007


  • Alcohol consumption
  • Diet
  • Hepatitis C virus
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Physical activity
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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