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Current HIV Research


ISSN (Print): 1570-162X
ISSN (Online): 1873-4251

Dietary Intake and Physical Activity in a Canadian Population Sample of Male Patients with HIV Infection and Metabolic Abnormalities

Author(s): Johane Pierette Allard, Bianca Maria Arendt, Elaheh Aghdassi, Saira Saddia Mohammed, Lillia Yan Fung, Pegah Jalali and Irving Elliot Salit

Volume 6, Issue 1, 2008

Page: [82 - 90] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/157016208783571973

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Objective was to assess dietary intake and physical activity in a Canadian population sample of male patients with HIV and metabolic abnormalities and to compare the data to Canadian recommendations. Sixty-five HIV-infected men with at least one feature associated with the metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, central obesity, or lipodystrophy) were enrolled. Results from 7-day food records and activity logs were compared to the Dietary Reference Intakes and recommendations of Canadas Physical Activity Guide, respectively. Anthropometric data were also measured. Fifty-two percent of the subjects were overweight, another 15% were obese. However, energy intake (mean±SEM) (2153±99 kcal/d) was lower than the estimated requirement (2854±62 kcal/d; p < 0.0001), and 84.5% of the patients reached the recommended minimum of 60 min of mild or 30 min of moderate daily exercise. Intake was adequate for protein, but high for fat and cholesterol in 40% of patients. No patient reached the recommendation for fiber. Intake from diet alone was suboptimal for most micronutrients. Prevalence was highest for low vitamin E (91% of patients) and magnesium (68%) intake, and high sodium intake (72%). In summary, a large proportion of HIV patients with metabolic abnormalities were overweight or obese. However, this was not associated with high energy intake, or reduced physical activity. High fat, low fiber and inadequate micronutrient intakes were prevalent.

Keywords: HIV, diet, nutrition, micronutrients, physical activity, metabolic abnormalities

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