Nutrition, Metabolism and GI Research in HIV - CFAR Centers for AIDS Research

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Background

The importance of adequate nutritional status among people living with HIV infection dates back to the early days of the epidemic when advanced disease progression was common and limited treatment options available. Consequently, poor nutritional status was manifested by inadequate oral intake, diarrheal illness, malabsorption, and metabolic abnormalities.

Despite access to life-saving antiretroviral therapies, nutrition challenges still remain today including poor diet quality, food insecurity, HIV-associated weight loss, obesity, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and HIV associated lipodystrophy syndrome.

For those patients infected with HIV in resource-limited countries, nutrition issues will continue to be of concern. To better understand these complex problems, establishing simple nutrition assessment tools to assist in early interventions may help to delay the progression of disease and maintain adequate nutritional status.

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For information on our Nutrition, Metabolism & GI Core services,
please contact Chris Wanke, MD (christine.wanke@tufts.edu) or
Tamsin Knox, MD (tamsin.knox@tufts.edu).

Lifespan/Tufts/Brown CFAR is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Please remember to cite the LTB CFAR (Grant P30 AI042853)
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