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Author Topic: High Rate of Bone Problems in French HIV Patients  (Read 2106 times)

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Offline Miss Philicia

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High Rate of Bone Problems in French HIV Patients
« on: January 30, 2008, 06:23:13 PM »
My doctor actually started me on calcium supplementation about a year ago, and I now take 500mg/day.  My BMI is fine but I forget what his reason was with my starting to do this.

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January 30, 2008

High Rate of Bone Problems in French HIV Patients

French researchers have found rates of serious bone weakness in HIV-positive patients, particularly HIV-positive men, to be many times higher than in the general population’s, according to a new study published in the January 30 issue of AIDS.

Charles Casanave, MD, of the Fédération de Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales in Bordeaux, France, and his colleagues enrolled 492 patients from a larger group of HIV-positive people being followed in southwestern France known as the Aquitaine Cohort. Seventy-three percent of the patients were men, 70 percent were active smokers—a risk factor for poor bone health—and less than 8 percent took supplemental calcium. The average age was 43 years for men and 41 years for women.

Body mass index (BMI), which is calculated based on a person’s height and weight, was available for 482 participants, 24 percent of whom had a BMI of less than 20, which is considered low and is a further risk factor for poor bone health. The vast majority of participants, 93 percent, were on combination antiretroviral therapy.

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Offline MitchMiller

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Re: High Rate of Bone Problems in French HIV Patients
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008, 09:05:38 PM »
Another thing you can do to improve bone density is weight resistance training.  For a long time now, older women have been told to weight-lift to help improve bone density.  Seems like another reason to hit the gym.


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