Dr.B.V.Ramana1*,Dr.K.V.Sreedhar Babu 2,Dr.AbhijitChaudhury
Background:Hepatitis C virus infection has been associated with various extra-hepatic manifestations, and diabetes mellitus is one of these. Chronic hepatitis C virus infection and type 2 diabetes mellitus cause long-term complications in affected patients. Moreover, both disorders are common. Methods:In this study 300 patients with previously confirmed diabetes or newly diagnosed diabetes according to World Health Organization criteria. The presence of hepatitis C virus infection was tested by third generation ELISA kit. Results: Out of 300 diabetics, 33 were found to be anti-HCV positive and all of them had type 2 diabetes mellitus. Serum alanine aminotransferase level was raised in positive cases as compared to the seronegative patients. Conclusion: The results show that there is a strong association between HCV and T2DM in the region as evident from significantly higher prevalence of HCV infection in diabetics as compared to the control group in the present study.