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Jul 13, 2004

I have had aids for about 10years. I am presently on Zerit,Epivir,and Reyataz. I was just diagnosed with diabetes. I'm wondering if hiv drugs can cause diabetes?

Response from Dr. Henry

Some HIV drugs may contribute to insulin/resistance/diabetes. Aging, increased fat (which is seen as a general phenomenon when HIV drugs are started) also are linked to diabetes. Since a significant proportion of the US population has diabetes or is at risk for developing diabetes, it can be tough to sort out if a particular HIV drug or regimen is a key factor. Zerit has been associated with some lipid abnormalities while 3TC has not been clearly linked to either lipid or glucose abnormalities. Atazanavir has comparatively little impact on lipid/glucose metabolism at least during its first several years of use. Some other protease inhibitors (such as indinavir) have been linked to more problems with glucose regulation. KH

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