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A Vitamin A Day May Delay The Life span Of HIV Patients

by Medindia Content Team on  July 1, 2004 at 10:38 AM Drug News   - G J E 4
A Vitamin A Day May Delay The Life span Of HIV Patients
A vitamin a day could slow down the progression of HIV, according to new research. Researchers say this could be a low-cost way to delay the progression of this deadly disease. Past studies have indicated that multivitamins may play a role in the progression of HIV. However researchers recently conducted a study to determine if vitamins have an impact on the disease.
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The study included 1,078 pregnant women who were infected with HIV. The women were given daily supplements of vitamin A, a multivitamin, both vitamin A and a multivitamin, or a placebo. The women were followed for nearly six years.

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Researchers report just 67 of the 271 women on a multivitamin progressed to stage 4 of the disease or died. In comparison, 83 of the 267 women on placebo progressed to stage 4 or died. The women on the multivitamin also had lower viral loads. However, the effects of receiving vitamin A alone were not much different than those of placebo. Plus, adding vitamin A to the multivitamin seemed to reduce some of the benefits.

Thus researchers conclude that a daily multivitamin supplement may be a cost-effective way to delay the progression of HIV in infected women. However, they say further research is needed to look at the use of vitamin A in patients with this disease.
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