HIV: Why Healthy Eating Matters
Eating a nutritious, balanced diet is an important part of treating Reference HIV Opens New Window. Good nutrition can help your Reference immune system Opens New Window stay strong, which in turn may help your body fight HIV. Knowing the best way to nourish your body will help keep it strong and allow your HIV medicines to work effectively.
It is important to maintain lean muscle mass while fighting HIV. Maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge because weight loss is common with HIV and is a side effect of some HIV medications. You may also have digestive problems associated with HIV or its treatment. Sometimes you just won't feel like eating.
Getting enough Reference protein Opens New Window and calories may help your immune system fight the HIV infection and improve your overall health. Nutritional counseling has been shown to improve your health while living with HIV. Your doctor may periodically assess your diet after you are diagnosed with HIV.Reference 1 If you have trouble eating or maintaining your weight, a Reference registered dietitian Opens New Window or your doctor can provide you with information to improve your diet.
Reference Marijuana has also been shown to stimulate the appetite of people with HIV. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in trying it.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine