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HIV meds and your diet
Sep 28, 2010

Does the hiv meds effect the way your body digest food?

Response from Mr. Vergel

That is a good question that has no clear answer.

Some studies show that HIV related inflammation can possibly affect the integrity of the intestinal mucosa, but we have no data on what happens after long term undetectable HIV viral load. Some other studies have shown a possible lack of full digestion of fats, which may cause loose stools in some. A small study showed that some of us may not be able to absorb oral sources (food and supplements) of vitamin B 12 due to changes in the acidity of our stomachs.

The metabolism of sugars and simple carbohydrates may be impaired in some patients with insulin resistance caused by some HIV medications or obesity, diabetes, or other metabolic disorders.

But in general, we absorb food pretty much OK if we are healthy.

Nelson



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