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According to a recently published study (Gut 2005;54:1003–8), insulin resistance is a worsening factor in hepatitis C virus (HCV) related chronic hepatitis. There is much debate as to whether insulin resistance depends on hepatitis C virus, or vice versa, or whether it is an independent syndrome.
As insulin resistance is the link between obesity, metabolic alterations, and endothelial damage, it is a characteristic feature of the metabolic syndrome. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is a …