Insight 13: Sustainable lifestyle changes

(Treatment week 11 of 12)

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There may be good reasons for putting off treatment, such as if you are pregnant or trying for a family, have severe depression, or simply that it is not the right time for you. But I am aware of how ill I have been over the past few years and at times my health has taken a nose dive and therefore treatment at this time felt wright.


I am aware that I am one of the 10,011 people in 2016 who has access to treatment on the NHS and it is important to change my lifestyle behaviour to make sure I get the best from my treatment. Changing your behaviour can be is easy, sustainable change can become more difficult at times. I am now in week 11 of treatment and while I am tired, I do feel the benefits of making lifestyle changes before and during my treatment.













The liver breaks down the drugs we take. The amount of liver damage you have will affect how well your liver can process over-the-counter, prescribed and illicit drugs. Alcohol is the primary drug to avoid for anyone with liver disease. Tobacco smoking is associated with increased fibrosis and gum disease.


There is not a lot of information about how street drugs. Generally stimulants are more likely to stress your immune system and impact your overall health.


Studies suggest that daily cannabis use increases liver damage. However, some people find that cannabis can be an alternative to alcohol and can help relieve some hepatitis C symptoms and treatment side effects.


Listen to your body

Ensuring a healthy lifestyle while on treatment is key, at times treatment can be challenging and I feel you do not need any complications and challenges which may affect you physically or emotionally.  



Access to new hepatitis C treatments are put under the spotlight

Those who are living with serious liver damage need rapid, tolerable and effective treatment to prevent further progression of their disease. It is imperative that NICE reviews its stance on regimens to avoid endangering very unwell people who are in real need of support.


NHS 'morally wrong' to deny treatment

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This year saw the first ever World Health Organization’s Global Elimination Strategy for Viral Hepatitis, which outlines a goal of eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.


















To mark this momentous occasion, the #WHD2016 theme was elimination. The theme of elimination runs across various activities including treatment, prevention, awareness, tackling stigma etc. To reach elimination, we need a unified approach amongst patients, policymakers, public and medical professionals.


#NOhep, a global elimination movement, was launched on WHD2016 to bring people together and provide a platform for people to speak out, be engaged and take action to ensure global commitments are met and viral hepatitis is eliminated by 2030.


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