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Exercise & Meds
Jun 30, 2003

What does exercise do to glucose levels? And how do the medications affect the average hiv patient?

Response from Ms. Fields-Gardner

Exercise, specifically aerobic exercise, has been used to improve your body's ability to process glucose. As this happens, the glucose levels may stay in better control.

As for what medications do, some of them can cause some glucose intolerance and insulin resistance that can impair glucose processing (in both HIV-positive and HIV-negative persons).

If you are predisposed to problems (such as a family history of diabetes or your own current problems with glucose processing) your doctor may recommend a medication regimen to minimize this effect.

Best wishes!

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