As the developing world becomes more developed, the rise in prosperity in these countries could also result in the rise of a lethal infectious disease -- tuberculosis (TB). It is not widely known that diabetes also triples the risk a person will develop TB.
"Diabetes reduces peoples immunity," says Dr. Anthony Harries, senior adviser to the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases . "The same biology underlies the interaction between TB and HIV, which attacks and destroys your immune system. Globally we have about 2 billion people with latent TB. Put diabetes into that equation and you immediately see there is a problem."
20 November 2014 | CNN
Researchers have shown that a dietary supplement given during the first months of HIV treatment significantly improves the general condition of patients. Their results are published in the journal BMJ.
15 May 2014 | University of Copenhagen (press release)
Based on a survey of 287 people diagnosed with HIV across England the report found that two-thirds of were affected by benefit changes, with nine out of ten reporting poorer health and limited access to HIV care as a result. Handling of the reforms is criticised in the report, in particular assessments and their failure in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community.
03 April 2014 | Positively UK
High-dose supplementation with selenium and vitamin E can raise the risk of high-grade prostate cancer among certain men.
28 February 2014 | AIDSMeds
Two common fungi found on food in developing countries could be worsening the effects of HIV, say researchers from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
21 August 2013 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
People living with HIV in harbour landing sites of Kaberamaido district, eastern Uganda are set to benefit from an agriculture project that will enable them to grow their own food. more →
15 April 2013 | Key Correspondents
An HIV-positive child whose family does not have enough good food available is more likely to have a poor clinical outcome, researchers reported. They found that children who did not always have enough to eat had lower CD4 counts as well as higher chances of incomplete viral suppression.
12 February 2013 | Baylor College of Medicine press release
“ARVs have radically changed the picture of malnutrition most of us associate with HIV,” Alastair Duncan said. “Early data from the BDA’s DHIVA specialist group audit suggests that more than half of people living with HIV in the UK are overweight or obese, with only about one-in-nine being underweight. In fact by far the most common issues facing HIV dietitians in the outpatient clinic these days are dyslipidaemia, hypertension, diabetes and osteoporosis, with over 75% of HIV patients Vitamin D deficient."
26 November 2012 | British Dietetic Association press release
Although requiring further investigation, a study has demonstrated Vitamin B12 as capable of boosting the success of Hepatitis C treatment.
22 August 2012 | Hepatitis Central
Inadequate access to nutritious food is associated with increased hospitalizations and emergency room visits among HIV-positive individuals, and ensuring that patients have enough to eat may need to be a priority for the doctors and nurses who treat them, the San Francisco Chronicle says.
In a paper released Wednesday, the scientists reported that 56 percent of HIV-positive patients who are homeless or living in substandard housing are also food insecure, which is defined as a regular inability to obtain enough healthy food. The researchers looked at 347 HIV patients, all of whom live in San Francisco.
22 August 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle