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International Journal of Pharmacology
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 120-122
DOI: 10.3923/ijp.2007.120.122
 
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Supplementation effect on Body Weight and BMI of HIV-positive/AIDS patients

O.O. Oguntibeju, W.M.J van den Heever and F.E. van Schalkwyk

Abstract:
This is the first preliminary study in the Free State Province of South Africa to have examined the possible effect of a locally produced nutritional supplement on the body weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) of HIV-positive/AIDS patients. The parameters were determined according to standard procedures in 35 HIV-positive/AIDS patients at baseline and in 28 patients at the end of the study. Twenty-four (68.8%) of the 35 patients examined at baseline had BMI within normal range while the median body weight was 57. Twenty-eight patients completed the study. The results showed that 19 (67.9%) had a BMI within the normal range after supplementation for three months. The body weight showed a slight but insignificant decline (p>0.05) at the end of the study. In general, BMI produced a trend towards an improvement. Further studies are recommended.
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How to cite this article:

O.O. Oguntibeju, W.M.J van den Heever and F.E. van Schalkwyk, 2007. Supplementation effect on Body Weight and BMI of HIV-positive/AIDS patients. International Journal of Pharmacology, 3: 120-122.

DOI: 10.3923/ijp.2007.120.122

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijp.2007.120.122

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