Note: It’s important to read the entire article. It states that alcohol use and smoking can contribute to Parkinson’s disease. Studies have found that people with hepatitis C (as a group) are more likely to drink more alcohol and smoke cigarettes. Furthermore, prior studies have not found a link between hepatitis B and Parkinson’s disease. I think this study is interesting but we need larger more definitive research. Alan
MINNEAPOLIS – The viruses hepatitis B and C may both be associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published in the March 29, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The hepatitis virus affects the liver.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that anywhere from 850,000 to 2.2 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis B virus infection and anywhere from 2.7 to 3.9 million people have chronic hepatitis C. While both can lead to serious illness, many people have few symptoms and do not realize they have the virus, especially at first.
Hepatitis B is spread through contact with blood and body fluids of an infected person, such as unprotected sex, sharing needles, getting a tattoo or piercing with unsterilized tools or sharing razors or toothbrushes with an infected person.