Why is good nutrition important in HIV?

  • Good nutrition helps keep your immune system strong, enabling you to better fight disease. A healthy diet improves quality of life.

  • Weight loss, wasting, and malnutrition continue to be common problems in HIV, despite more effective antiretroviral medications, and can contribute to HIV disease progression.

  • Good nutrition helps the body process the many medications taken by people with HIV.

  • Diet (and exercise) may help with symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, and fatigue, and with fat redistribution and metabolic abnormalities such as high blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides.

See “Building a High Quality Diet” for how to create a good nutrition plan for life.

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