Tangui Barré, Marie Libérée Nishimwe, Camelia Protopopescu, Fabienne Marcellin, Fabrice Carrat, Céline Dorival, Elisabeth Delarocque‐Astagneau, Dominique Larrey, Marc Bourlière, Ventzislava Petrov‐Sanchez, Mélanie Simony, Stanislas Pol, Hélène Fontaine, Patrizia Carrieri on behalf of the ANRS/AFEF Hepather study group

Published in Journal of Viral Hepatitis

August 2020


Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a risk factor of insulin resistance, and HCV‐infected patients are at a high risk of developing diabetes. In the general population, research has shown the potential benefit of cannabis use for the prevention of diabetes and related metabolic disorders. We aimed to test whether cannabis use is associated with a lower risk of diabetes in chronic HCV‐infected patients. Chronic HCV‐infected patients (n = 10 445) were selected from the French national, multicenter, observational ANRS CO22 Hepather cohort. Cross‐sectional data collected at cohort enrollment were used to assess the association between patients’ clinical and behavioural characteristics and the risk of diabetes. Logistic regression model was performed with cannabis use as the main independent variable and a significance level set at 5%. A similar model stratified by the presence of advanced liver fibrosis (FIB‐4 > 3.25) was also run. After multivariable adjustment, current (AOR [95%CI]: 0.49 [0.38‐0.63]) and former (0.81 [0.67‐0.98], P < .001) cannabis use were both associated with a reduced odds of diabetes. Conversely, male gender, tobacco use, elevated BMI, poverty, being a migrant and advanced fibrosis were associated with increased odds of diabetes. The association between cannabis use and diabetes was maintained in the stratified analysis. In this large cross‐sectional study of chronic HCV‐infected patients, cannabis use was associated with a lower risk of diabetes independently of clinical and socio‐behavioural factors. Further studies are needed to elucidate a potential causal link and shed light on cannabis compounds and mechanisms involved in this relationship.


Open Access


DOI: 10.1111/jvh.13380


Barré, T., Nishimwe, M. L., Protopopescu, C., Marcellin, F., Carrat, F., Dorival, C., … & Simony, M. Cannabis use is associated with a lower risk of diabetes in chronic hepatitis C‐infected patients (ANRS CO22 Hepather cohort). Journal of viral hepatitis.