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Essential absorption and HIV
Apr 17, 2000

Which deficiencies of vitamins, minerals and trace elements increase the rate of HIV production?

Which vitamins, minerals and trace elements tend to be reduced by HIV infection?

How can we prevent diarrhea through diet?

Please help with your knowledge.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

There is very little research on these areas to help answer your questions. I don't think any vitamin lack will increase HIV production, however, Zinc and selenium are important for the immune system. There was an old study that showed a shortened survival in HIV patients with lower B 12 levels, so B12 may suffer, although if there is malabsorbtion, all vitamins may suffer. A diet low in lactose and fat will be less likely to produce diarrhea. Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

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