Knowing is better when it comes to HepC

As I have been on a journey of my own the past couple of years towards better health and a better me, I am always happy to pass on what I feel are important points that may help others.  This time, it’s important info from the Canadian Liver Foundation on HepC and the Baby Boomers. Read on and share to make all aware. 🙂

Over 300,000 Canadians are living with hepatitis, but its symptoms can take decades to cause enough liver damage for you to feel sick. The virus is spread through blood-to-blood contact, so anything from getting a tattoo or piercing to sharing personal hygiene items like razors or nail clippers, can result in infection.

This is an issue that I have had some exposure to having a friend who discovered she had been infected in her mid to late 20’s. Yes, that young. It does happen.

But the Boomers are the ones that the Canadian Liver Foundation are focusing on right now as symptoms are starting to show up now with a lot of them. They are encouraging people to get tested now and be aware. Knowing really is half the battle and wouldn’t you rather know?

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently issued its recommendation that all adults born between 1945 and 1965 should have a one-time hepatitis C test. The CLF has extended the recommendation for testing beyond the boomer generation to those born between 1945 and 1975, taking into account immigration from countries where hepatitis C is more common.”

What is HepC? Hepatitis is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus that attacks the liver. Many people who become infected with hepatitis C never feel sick and recover completely. Others get a brief, acute illness with fatigue and loss of appetite and their skin and eyes turn yellow (a condition called “jaundice”). If your body is not able to fight off the virus, you may develop chronic hepatitis which can lead to cirrhosis (liver scarring), liver failure and even liver cancer later in life. Like chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C is a “silent” disease because often no symptoms appear until your liver is severely damaged. (Courtesy Canadian Liver Foundation www.Liver.ca)

This is a condition that can be treated if diagnosed and can be managed with minor changes to lifestyle and I think that’s pretty important being that I’ve put such a focus on living better and moving more myself. If getting tested helps even one person, wonderful! I hope it helps many more though.

If you want to learn more, check out www.Liver.ca and check out the video below.

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