Nutrition and Exercise Planning

Diet and exercise are an important part of your treatment

Establishing healthy habits can be an important part of the treatment plan you and your healthcare provider create. Learn how a good balance of the right nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle choices can affect your overall health.

Nutrition and Exercise Planning

Diet and exercise are an important part of your treatment

Establishing healthy habits can be an important part of the treatment plan you and your healthcare provider create. Learn how a good balance of the right nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle choices can affect your overall health.

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Nutrition

HIV and the medicines that treat it can change the way your body uses nutrients and other substances. These changes can happen slowly over time, so it’s important to pay attention to your diet and eat properly every day.1

Good nutrition has many important benefits, including1,2

  • Supporting the immune system to help fight disease and infection
  • Helping the body process medicines
  • Helping to manage symptoms and conditions associated with HIV

 

Exercise3

Combined with a proper diet and good lifestyle choices, daily exercise is important for staying healthy. Routine activities may

  • Improve the heart and circulation
  • Strengthen muscles and bones
  • Reduce body fat
  • Help maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent complications such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol

Always talk to your healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program.

Start planning your nutrition and exercise regimen with these helpful resources

Managing a Healthy Lifestyle: A Guide for People Living with HIV
Healthy Living with HIV

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  1. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. What should I know about food safety? U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Accessed August 30, 2018.
  2. Gifford GL, Lorig K, Laurent D, Gonzalez V. Living well with HIV & AIDS. 2005;229-236.
  3. Johnston BD. Benefits of exercise. Merck Manual. www.merckmanuals.com/home/fundamentals/exercise-and-fitness/benefits-of-exercise. Revised September 2018. Accessed August 30, 2018.