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Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2009 Apr;5(1):16-23.

Nutrition issues in chronic drug users living with HIV infection.

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Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756, USA. kristy.m.hendricks@dartmouth.edu

Abstract

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and chronic drug abuse both compromise nutritional status. For individuals with both disorders, the combined effects on wasting, the nutritional consequence that is most closely linked to mortality, appear to be synergistic. Substance abuse clinicians can improve and extend patients' lives by recommending healthy diets; observing and assessing for food insecurity, nutritional deficits, signs of weight loss and wasting, body composition changes, and metabolic abnormalities; and providing referrals to food programs and nutritionists. More studies are needed on the nutritional consequences of using specific illicit drugs, the impact on health of specific micronutrient and metabolic deficiencies seen in people with HIV, and the causes and clinical implications of body fat changes associated with HIV.

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19369915
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PMC2797116
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