|Does Vitamin D affect hiv meds?
Oct 23, 2010
Hello, I have been diagnosed with osteopenia and have been advised by my doctor to take a vitamin D supplement. Does vitamin D affect my meds? I take Isentress and Truvada. I am now taking 2000 I.U of vitamin D per day. I also now take a testosterone supplement(Androgel)because my testosterone level was only 191. Do you think this caused my osteopenia? Thank you for any advice you can give.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Diseases of low bone mineral density (osteopenia and osteoporosis) are very common among HIV+'ers in the US and gaining attention in the medical literature-- perhaps as high as 50% of the population have low bone density.
So, getting a handle on the multitude of risk factors of bone disease, like vitamin D or testosterone deficiency is important. To this end, I'm heartened to hear that your doctor has screened your bone health and vitamin D and testo levels. Testosterone deficiency alone probably doesn't cause osteopenia, though HIV and HCV infection, HIV medications (including tenofovir) are associated with accelerated bone mineral loss.
Vitamin D deficiency is usually the result of not taking in enough dietary vitamin D or not getting any sun exposure (both of which are needed to produce the mature vitamin). D supplementation doesn't interfere with your HIV medications.
I hope this helps. Best of health to you, BY
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