HCV is more common in men than women, with nearly twice as many men infected with the virus than women. However, the hepatitis C virus is thought to be indiscriminate, meaning that women can be infected as easily as men. The higher numbers of men infected with the virus is put down to men being exposed to risk factors more often than women.
Functional Medicine is a natural treatment for Hepatitis C that helps males and females to clear the virus from their body, preventing further damage to the body.
Clearing the Virus Naturally
If you contract the hepatitis C virus you will not definitely go on to develop chronic hepatitis C (where, 6 months after infection, you still have the virus). Up to 20% of people known to have hepatitis C manage to clear the virus naturally. What’s more, there are probably lots of people who had HCV and cleared it without even knowing, attributing the symptoms to another virus, such as flu.
Some doctors believe that women are better able to eliminate the virus than men, although this suggestion has not been confirmed.
Chronic Hepatitis C in Women
In all cases of chronic hepatitis C the disease progresses slowly and it takes 10-40 years to cause severe liver damage such as scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), liver cancer or liver failure. However, the progression of the disease is notable faster in men than women, with men more likely to develop cirrhosis and liver cancer than women. The reason for this is unclear, although it may be linked to hormone production in women protecting their liver from damage.
Many people with HCV don’t experience any symptoms. Men tend to experience symptoms earlier than women and men’s symptoms tend to be more pronounced. In cases where symptoms are present, symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle or joint pain
If you have hepatitis C you are more likely to develop an autoimmune condition. These include cryoglobulinemia, glomerulonephritis and Sjogren’s syndrome. Women are at a higher risk of developing a hepatitis C-related autoimmune condition than men.
Hepatitis C in Men can be controlled using antiviral drugs and other traditional hepatitis C treatments. At Hepatitis C Treatment Mexico our Functional Oncology Programs are designed to boost the patient’s immunity and provide treatment that weakens the virus, meaning that the improved immune system is able to clear the virus from its body.
To find out more about how your hepatitis C could be treated naturally contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.