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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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