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amount of protien?
Apr 16, 2001

What is your opinion on the amount of protein a PHA needs?

Response from Ms. Fields-Gardner

The amount of protein you need is the amount to sustain and benefit protein-related processes and protein-based tissue in the body. We have some idea about what that level is in many people, including those who experience physical stress of infection, other disease, and injury. In the United States and many developed countries, we tend to get a lot of protein in our diets. So, an excess is as much (or more) of a concern than deficits. In HIV disease we are finding ourselves walking more of a tight-rope because people in the developed world are generally surviving longer to experience the complications of dietary excess. Protein deficits may be less of an issue, while the appropriate utilization of what you get may be an emerging concern. As for general recommendations for protein intake, around 1-2 grams per kilogram or, in English measures, approximately 1/2 to 1 gram per pound of desired body weight. This assumes a mixed protein diet and a reasonable amount of kidney function.

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