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Links between triglyceride levels, hepatitis C virus infection and diabetes
  1. Chia-Yen Dai,
  2. Jee-Fu Huang,
  3. Ming-Yen Hsieh,
  4. Li-Po Lee,
  5. Nai-Jen Hou,
  6. Ming-Lung Yu,
  7. Wan-Long Chuang
  1. Hepatobiliary Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Wan-Long Chuang
    Hepatobiliary Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital,No 100, Tzyou 1st Rd, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan;d820195{at}gmail.com

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We read the interesting article by Marzouk et al (Gut 2007;56:1105–10). The authors enrolled 765 residents in Egypt and reported prevalences of hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody (anti-HCV), chronic and past HCV infection of 23.5%, 14% and 8.8%, respectively. Patients with chronic HCV infection had lower triglyceride levels and those with past HCV infection had higher triglyceride levels than those never infected. With a diabetes prevalence of 5.4%, HCV infection status—but not triglyceride levels—was one of the independent factors associated with diabetes.

We have conducted a large-scale community-based study of 9932 residents aged 40–65 years in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, a country endemic for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The prevalences of anti-HCV, …

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