Micronutrients can slow HIV Progression and Mortality

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Micronutrients can slow HIV Progression and Mortality

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Nutritional alterations known to affect immune function are widespread among HIV-1-infected men and women. Lower CD4 count associated with lower micronutrient levels and micronutrient supplements have been proposed as low-cost immune modulating interventions that may slow the progression of HIV disease and mortality.
Nsofwa Sukwa, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) Research Fellow conducted an article review on nutritional deficiencies in HIV positive men and women, a study conducted in Miami, USA in 1994, focusing on the relationship between immune and nutritional status in HIV infected men and women who abuse drugs and to examine effects of daily supplements (vitamin A, B, C, & E) on progression of HIV disease.
Results from the study showed that of the 125 participates, about 86% with over half having multiple deficiencies, with CD4 counts not significantly different between men and women. The study further revealed that lower CD4 count in women also showed lower micronutrient levels than in men.
The study also revealed that 86% of the population study had at least one nutritional deficiency and lower CD4 count in women also showed lower micronutrient levels than in men and that multivitamins also resulted in higher CD4+ and CD8+ cell counts, importantly lowering viral loads and slowing disease progression.
Nsofwa recommended that there was need to supplement micronutrients in HIV+ pregnant women above folic acid and further investigation to determine the mechanisms by which the micronutrient profile is altered in HIV infected population should be done.

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