Making 2018 The Year of Living Well with Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C can be tough to live with and manage. Accessing and going through treatment is essential – the latest medications can cure most forms of hepatitis C in just 12 weeks. Today, though, we want to talk through the little things you can do to manage symptoms, avoid complications, and just live better overall along the way. Let’s make 2018 the year of healthy living with hepatitis C!
Staying hydrated with hepatitis C is essential. Why? Drinking plenty of water can help you manage side effects of hepatitis C treatment, such as dizziness, dryness, and fatigue. Carrying around a reusable water bottle and counting your cups are two of the most effective strategies we know to make sure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day, but you find more here.
Choose the right liquids
Tired of plain old boring water? We get it. Alcohol and soda aren’t recommended as they may increase the effects of dehydration, but you can experiment with other liquids like infused water, herbal tea, a hearty broth, or juice. If you’ve been diagnosed with hepatitis C, it’s particularly important that you choose mocktails over cocktails. Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver, which makes alcohol risky– even in small amounts.
Keeping up your strength is important: you can lose muscle mass and tone if a liver disease like hepatitis C gets worse. Exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight, reducing your risk of fatty liver disease and liver damage, as well as your risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, which can speed the progression of liver disease in hepatitis C. Learn more here.
Prioritize your Mental Health
The hepatitis C virus has a known relationship with depression: lowering the production of serotonin in our brains, making us feel tired all the time, and – for some of us – causing us to feel isolated and alone. Self-care is essential, but it’s also important to know you don’t have to do this by yourself.
Pack Health is a coaching company that provides one-on-one support on your schedule for your journey with hepatitis C. You can sign up at any time on your treatment journey, and your personal Health Advisor will help you every step of the way with weekly calls, encouraging text messages, and concierge services that make it easier for you to live a healthy life and access or complete treatment for hepatitis C.
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