Strength training improves body composition, muscle strength and increases CD4+ T lymphocyte levels in people living with HIV/AIDS

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José Garcia de Brito-Neto
Micássio Fernandes de Andrade *
Valéria Duarte de Almeida
Dayane Carla Costa Paiva
Nickson Melo de Morais
Christiane Medeiros Bezerra
José Veríssimo Fernandes
Ellany Gurgel Cosme do Nascimento
Ivana Alice Teixeira Fonseca
Thales Allyrio Araújo de Medeiros Fernandes
(*) Corresponding Author:
Micássio Fernandes de Andrade |


The establishment of physical training programs for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) has several benefits. The study aimed to analyze the effect of resistance training using prediction of intensity by subjective perception of effort (SPE) on body composition, muscle strength, and TCD4+ lymphocyte levels in PLWHA. This a randomized controlled trial study. Participants (11 men and 8 women), were divided in two groups: exercise group (EG) and control group (CG). The EG was submitted to 12 weeks of a resistance-training program based in the prediction of intensity by SPE. Body mass percentages were evaluated using tetrapolar bioelectrical impedance and skinfold methods. We used Flow Cytometry to quantify CD4+ T lymphocytes. Patients showed significant changes in Body Fat Percentage (Δ%=-6.23%), Lean Body Mass (Δ%=2.45%), and CD4T lymphocytes levels (Δ%=15.77%). They also showed significant increase in muscular strength presented in the test for one repetition maximum in all the evaluated exercises. Our data suggest that exercising program prescribed by SPE is capable of improving immune function, body composition, and muscular strength in PLWHA.

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