According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 3.5 million people have hepatitis C, but most may not know they have it. This is partly due to the fact that most recently infected people do not develop symptoms. CDC indicates that only between 20 and 30% of them show signs of fatigue, stomach pain or heart attack. appetite, many of which are benign and are unlikely to send people to the doctor's office. And while 25% of people infected with the virus get rid of the infection naturally, the vast majority will develop chronic hepatitis C, a long-term disease that, without treatment, can last a lifetime. Let's discuss what is hepatitis, symptoms, types causes and preventive measures.
Hepatitis is an inflammatory disease of the liver. There are many reasons for hepatitis but most of the time it occurs due to the viral infection. Autoimmune hepatitis can be due to the effect of drugs, medications, toxins, and alcohol on the immune system. Autoimmune hepatitis is a condition that occurs when your body produces antibodies against liver tissue.
The liver performs many critical functions that affect metabolism throughout the body, including:
Production of the essential bile for digestion.
Filter toxins from your body
Excretion of bilirubin (a product of fragmented red blood cells), cholesterol, hormones, and drugs.
Degradation of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
Activation of enzymes, specialized proteins essential for the functioning of the organism.
Synthesis of blood proteins like albumin.
Synthesis of coagulation factors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.4 million Americans currently have hepatitis B and C. More and more people are unaware that they have hepatitis. The treatment options vary depending on the type of hepatitis. You can prevent some forms of hepatitis through vaccinations and lifestyle precautions.