Modern technology has allowed millions of people with HIV to live normal lives. With much research and development in this field to improve the quality of lives of many individuals living with HIV, a proven cure for this virus has not yet been developed. Despite the fact that HIV individuals can live a normal life, HIV individuals are still dealing with problems with weight loss, protein deficiency and micro-nutrient deficiency. This is where ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes comes in. ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes is an alternative nutrition support to help HIV individuals maintain weight and provide the required protein and micro-nutrients an individual requires.
What is HIV?
HIV is a virus that gradually attacks the immune system. If our immune systems are attacked then our bodies find it difficult to fight of infections and diseases.
Consequences of HIV
The are several consequence of HIV, in this post only a few will be addressed:
- Weight Loss
HIV patients are susceptible to weight loss. Weight loss takes place is when the body is using more nutrients that it is absorbing food. Weight loss with HIV individuals occurs for various reasons. HIV increases the rate in which the body takes in the nutrients (increase in metabolism). HIV can result in the alteration of the lining gut, thus causing malabsorption (the gut finds it difficult to absorb nutrients). HIV patients are susceptible to other infections such as gut infections that leads to diarrhea, mouth and throat infections make it difficult to eat. HIV patients take medication that have side effects such as suppression of appetite, nausea, vomiting, indigestion or altered taste.
- Protein and Micro-nutrient Deficiency
Many HIV patients suffer from malabsorption and restricts the absorption of essential nutrients and minerals to be absorbed by the body.
How will ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes Help HIV Individuals?
ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes is a high quality, high calorie and protein complete nutrition supplement. It can be used as a single source of nutrition or as a meal replacement o reach recommended daily nutrition intake.
Additionally ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes is:
- Lactose free
- Gluten free
- Contains 24 essential vitamins and minerals
- Contains MCT (meduim chain triglycerides) from coconut oil to improve absorption of critical micronutrients.
Many studies show that HIV patients have a high risk of increasing the rate diabetes due to the high intake of sugar to sustain their energy levels. ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes is there to solve this problem. It is a superior formula with a high protein concentration, high caloric content without the use of sucrose or corn syrup, deceased sodium level while delivering high levels of electrolytes and contains less food additives and artificial ingredients.
In comparison to ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes competitor’s, Ensure and Boost, contain more than 100% of the FDA recommended daily sugar intake. Also ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes provides more protein, calories and half the sugar content than two servings of the aforementioned leading shakes.
Dr. Roscoe Moore, former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Senior Scientific Advisor to Trovita Health Science, stated, “It is imperative that both public and private procurement and insurance programs re-evaluate nutrition programs in light of the new FDA recommendations on daily sugar consumption and realize that substantial taxpayer money is being spent on clinically utilized nutrition products with excessively high sugar content. Typical nutrition formulas, due to the inclusion of corn syrup and sucrose, are contributing to metabolic comorbidities such as HIV-associated insulin intolerance. It is important that nutrition be carefully considered when evaluating the total costs of healthcare in chronically ill patient populations dependent on enteral formulas and ready to use therapeutic foods.”
ENU® Complete Nutrition Shakes will definitely help many individuals with weight loss and nutrition deficiencies. An abstract has been submitted to the 21st International AIDS Conference, taking place in South Africa in July 2016, addressing clinical studies necessary for an evidence-based approach and characterizing ENU as an optimal ready-to-use therapeutic food in HIV patent populations to address micronutrient and protein deficiencies.