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How can I deal with too much weight loss from HIV?

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If you've lost a lot of weight because of HIV, these tips may help you gain it back:

  • Include more protein, carbohydrates, and fats in your diet.
  • Use cream or half and half on cereals. Add ice cream to desserts.
  • Eat dried fruits or nuts for snacks.
  • Talk to your doctor about adding a nutrition supplement, such as Boost, Ensure, or Carnation Instant Breakfast.
  • Ask your doctor about medications that stimulate appetite and treat nausea.

From: Nutrition and HIV/AIDS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Nerad J. . Tufts School of Medicine: "Lipodystrophy."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Why is good nutrition important in HIV?"  Tufts School of Medicine: "Building a high quality diet."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Nausea."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Diarrhea." Association of Nutrition Services Agencies: "General Nutrition Requirements." UCSF HIVInSite: "Diet and Nutrition." Pasco County Health Department: "Putting the Pieces Together: A Companion Guide to Improving Nutrition and Food Safety for Persons Living With HIV."








Clinical Infectious Diseases

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2019

SOURCES: Nerad J. . Tufts School of Medicine: "Lipodystrophy."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Why is good nutrition important in HIV?"  Tufts School of Medicine: "Building a high quality diet."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Nausea."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Diarrhea." Association of Nutrition Services Agencies: "General Nutrition Requirements." UCSF HIVInSite: "Diet and Nutrition." Pasco County Health Department: "Putting the Pieces Together: A Companion Guide to Improving Nutrition and Food Safety for Persons Living With HIV."








Clinical Infectious Diseases

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2019

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