Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis C knows the terror that comes with that information.That feeling of dread and impending doom takes over your normal thought process.The immediate confrontation with your own mortality is always a frightening experience. All too often, this diagnosis begins to consume you. If you let it, your Hep C can take over your life. I think we’ve all seen it happen. It may have even happened to one of you.
Okay, let’s face it, Hepatitis C medications are expensive. Even with insurance, your co-pay may be larger than your car payment and these days, hardly anyone can afford that. Even without insurance, some people make too much money to qualify for government assistance. What many people don’t realize is that the drug companies are aware that they are overpriced and have programs in place to offset the cost of their drugs for those who will struggle to pay for them.
There are several snake oil salesmen out there who are claiming to have cured their own Hepatitis C with herbs, supplements and parking lot gravel. Okay, maybe not the parking lot gravel but it might as well be. What you need to remember is that there are two different types of Hepatitis C. Acute and Chronic. The acute infection will go away on it’s own within 6 months of infection. The chronic infection is the one that lasts.
Currently, Hepatitis C is more common among people who use drugs and alcohol than the general population. Most all doctors will refuse to treat people for Hepatitis C when they are using illegal drugs and alcohol. If the person with Hep C is needing treatment, drugs and alcohol will block their way almost every time.
Currently there is medical treatment available for those who have hepatitis c that can cure the disease. However, there are many people who either cannot tolerate the current treatment or who have tried treatment and were unable to clear the virus. There are also people who have chosen not to treat and don’t need to treat. In any of these cases, diet is an important part to keeping your immune system strong and healthy. A diet for a person with Hepatitis C is not that much different from a diet that is recommended for anyone who wants to stay fit. While anyone is smart to follow a healthy diet, a person with HCV has more reason to do so. By eating healthy, you can strengthen your immune system and help prevent the progression of the damage being done to your liver by the hepatitis c virus.