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How can I help protect my heart if I have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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Eat a variety of vegetables and fruits, plenty of whole grains, and omega-3 fatty acids. Choose lean cuts of meat and low-fat dairy products. Exercise, like a brisk walk, for 20-30 minutes most days of the week.

If you're carrying extra weight, losing as little as 5 or 10 pounds could make a big difference.

From: How HIV Affects Your Body WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Kaminski, D. : "HIV and Inflammation: A New Threat." The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

Summit Medical Group: "HIV and the Eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "How Does HIV/AIDS Affect the Eye?"

American Heart Association: "HIV and Cardiovascular Disease," "Wellness Checklist: Know Where You Stand."

American Family Physician: "Common Side Effects of HIV Medicines."

AIDS.gov: "Staying Healthy with HIV/AIDS: Potential Related Health Problems: Kidney Disease."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on April 12, 2019

SOURCES:

Kaminski, D. : "HIV and Inflammation: A New Threat." The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

Summit Medical Group: "HIV and the Eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "How Does HIV/AIDS Affect the Eye?"

American Heart Association: "HIV and Cardiovascular Disease," "Wellness Checklist: Know Where You Stand."

American Family Physician: "Common Side Effects of HIV Medicines."

AIDS.gov: "Staying Healthy with HIV/AIDS: Potential Related Health Problems: Kidney Disease."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on April 12, 2019

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