Insulin Resistance Associated With Chronic Hepatitis C (CHC) and the Effect of Antiviral Therapy
Recruitment status was Recruiting
The literature suggests that there may be an association between hepatitis C and type 2 diabetes mellitus independent of the presence of cirrhosis, the likely mechanism for which is insulin resistance. The prevalence of insulin resistance in patients with hepatitis C is unknown. Furthermore, there are no studies that indicate an increased prevalence of insulin resistance in patients with hepatitis C compared to other etiologies of liver disease. The role that hepatitis C may have in the development of insulin resistance is unclear. The effect of antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus on insulin resistance has not been addressed. The long-term consequence of insulin resistance is type 2 diabetes mellitus. There is significant morbidity and mortality from type 2 diabetes mellitus in the general population, and similar complications would be expected in patients with hepatitis C and insulin resistance particularly if they develop type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Our hypothesis: The prevalence of insulin resistance is increased in patients with chronic hepatitis C compared to chronic hepatitis B. Secondarily, insulin resistance when present in patients with chronic hepatitis C improves with successful antiviral therapy.
This study has two phases. The first phase of our study will be to estimate the prevalence of insulin resistance in individuals with chronic hepatitis C without cirrhosis compared to patients with chronic hepatitis B without cirrhosis. The second phase of the study will be restricted to those patients with hepatitis C found to be insulin resistant from phase 1, in the absence of known risk factors for insulin resistance (cirrhosis, diabetes). The effect on insulin resistance of anti-viral therapy to eradicate hepatitis C will be assessed.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Insulin Resistance Associated With Chronic Hepatitis C (CHC) and the Effect of Anti-Viral Therapy|
- Phase I - To evaluate the prevalence of insulin resistance in patients with hepatitis C without cirrhosis and compare it to that observed in patients with hepatitis B also without cirrhosis.
- Phase II - Interventional phase - To evaluate the effect of anti-viral therapy on insulin resistance, determined by the OGTT method, in patients with hepatitis C found to have insulin resistance pre-treatment.
- - To evaluate the safety, efficacy and tolerability of Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) given in combination with Copegus (ribavirin) given for 24 weeks or 48 weeks in treatment naïve patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC).
|Study Start Date:||August 2003|
|Contact: Tharini Ganeshram||416-603-5839|
|Liver Clinic, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN.||Recruiting|
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S8|
|Contact: E.J.L. (Jenny) Heathcote, MD 416-603-5914|
|Principal Investigator: E.J.L (Jenny) Heathcote, M.D.|
|Principal Investigator:||E.J.L (Jenny) Heathcote, MD||UHN - Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto|