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Author Topic: Vitamin E Is Safe and Effective for Treating NASH in People With HIV  (Read 9127 times)

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People with HIV who have non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and do not have viral hepatitis can safely and effectively treat the serious liver condition with vitamin E pills, according to a pilot study.

An inflammatory liver condition that leads to cell damage, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is the more severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NASH can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. There is currently no approved treatment for NAFLD or NASH.

In Canada, where the new vitamin E study was conducted, nearly half of those living with HIV have NAFLD, and one third have NASH. In theory, these rates, which are higher than those seen in the general population, are driven by the chronic inflammatory state caused by HIV as well as the use of antiretrovirals and high rates of metabolic health problems, including diabetes and high blood lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides.



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