Indian Journal of Medical Research

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 134  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 967--971

Dietary adequacy of HIV infected individuals in north India - A cross-sectional analysis


Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva, Aman Sharma, Ajay Wanchu, Vandana Dogra, Surjit Singh, Subhash Varma 
 Department of Internal Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Aman Sharma
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh 160 012
India

Background & objectives: Dietary inadequacy is common in developing countries and so is in immune-deficient HIV infected individuals. Hence, an assessment of dietary patterns was done among a group of HIV infected individuals and compared with recommended dietary allowances. Methods: One hundred consecutive HIV infected individuals were interviewed from the Immunodeficiency Clinic of a tertiary care center at Chandigarh. Dietary intake was assessed by 24 h recall method. Mean carbohydrate, protein and fat intakes were evaluated. Mean difference in the calorie intake from recommended dietary intake was then calculated. Mean absolute CD4 cell count was calculated and correlated with BMI and mean calorie intake. Results: Mean weight and BMI of the individuals participated in the study was 58.6 ± 11.7 (range, 34 - 94) kg and 21.5 ± 3.7 (range, 13.6 - 36.7) kg/m [2] , respectively. Mean total calories intake was 1713 ± 292.8 (860 - 2525) calories/day and mean difference in the calories taken from the standard values was 249.5 ± 190.7 (10.6 - 967.5) calories/day. There was no significant correlation between CD4 cell count and total calories taken. Interpretation & conclusions: In HIV-infected individuals the energy intake was significantly lower than the recommended average intake. Hence, efforts should be taken to ensure that HIV-infected individuals have access to high-quality, nutritious food choices that promote optimal dietary patterns.


How to cite this article:
Sachdeva RK, Sharma A, Wanchu A, Dogra V, Singh S, Varma S. Dietary adequacy of HIV infected individuals in north India - A cross-sectional analysis.Indian J Med Res 2011;134:967-971


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Sachdeva RK, Sharma A, Wanchu A, Dogra V, Singh S, Varma S. Dietary adequacy of HIV infected individuals in north India - A cross-sectional analysis. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Sep 24 ];134:967-971
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