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EVEN THOUGH NEW MEDICATIONS have been used by patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, these patients may still be at risk for nutritional deficiencies.

In a study called Nutrition for Healthy Living, Clara Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and her colleagues analyzed micronutrient levels of nearly 300 patients. The patients were receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat HIV infection.

The researchers determined that HAART users were unlikely to have low levels of selenium or vitamins A and E. However, despite these improvements in micronutrient levels (compared with previous studies that had been conducted before the widespread use of HAART), the HAART users still had an increased risk for zinc deficiency.

Zinc is crucial to many aspects of cellular metabolism, including immune and neurological function, as well as cell reproduction.

(Source: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 2006;43:458-466.)
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Date:Dec 22, 2005
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