Having a Hep C infection increases the risk of bone loss—especially if there’s also an HIV infection. Some researchers even believe that there’s a connection between osteoporosis that occurs in old age, and the fact that the worst Hep C symptoms appear in old age (when a few decades of simmering have allowed the virus to really do some damage).
So people with Hepatitis C need to do everything they can to protect their bone health:
-Make sure you’re taking a high-quality calcium supplement. This means it has more calcium that you can actually use and won’t just pee out.
-Add to that a good Vitamin D supplement. People with Hep C have a harder time absorbing Vitamin D, so you might need a little more in your diet. You should also make sure it’s a bioavailable (easy to absorb) form.
-Get some sunshine (more Vitamin D).
-Go easy on the bubbly, which can compete with calcium.
-Exercise helps maintain the bone you already have, but there’s a caveat: it needs to be high impact (jogging, weight). While swimming is better for your joints, you need gravity to maintain bone density.
-Take Care of Your Liver
–Supplement, don’t drink too much, and follow your doctor’s instructions.
Researchers have found that the better managed your Hep C was, and the better your nutrition, the lower the risk of osteoporosis. If you’re waiting for them to sort out the huge price tag on the new Hepatitis C cure, make sure you’re supporting your immune system in the meantime with a supplement like colloidal silver (of course that’s in addition to nutrition, sleep, etc.).
What are your thoughts?