In overweight patients with chronic hepatitis C, circulating insulin is associated with hepatic fibrosis: implications for therapy.

BACKGROUND/AIMS Host factors such as increased body mass index (BMI) and genotype-specific viral factors contribute to the development of steatosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV). We hypothesized that host metabolic factors associated with increased BMI may play a role in disease progression. METHODS Fasting serum was collected from 160… (More)