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Increasing my monocytes
May 29, 2006

I am a newer more recent patient, and now more then ever doing the most I can to stay healthy, in only a few months time by taking the truvada/sustiva combination, my cd4 cells have come up from below 20 to 178, my monocytes are low 3 on a scale between 4 and 14 id like to know what purpose they serve and if theres anything addtional I can do, suppliments I can take to help improve this number.

Diet Etc? suggestions?

Thanks

Response from Dr. Daar

It is great that your CD4 cells have increased so dramatically with your antiretroviral regimen. Assuming your viral load is going down at the same time you should do very well as long as you continue to consistently take your medications. I further support your goal of looking at other means in which to stay healthy. With this goal in mind I would recommend watching your diet, regular exercise, stress management and avoiding drugs and excessive use of alcohol.

With regards to monocytes, these are cells in the body that are part of the immune system and fight off a variety of infections. In someone who is otherwise doing well, such as you, there is little reason to look at the number of monocytes present in the blood, nor is there any specified way or importance to increasing this number. I would encourage you to focus on your viral load and CD4 cells along with the other life style issues discussed above.

Best, Eric


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