WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR PATIENTS?
- There may be prescription medications available to help treat the symptoms of HIV-associated wasting
- Discover a treatment option here
Nutrition and exercise
Proper nutrition and exercise are essential to help address HIV-associated wasting. Encourage your patients to speak with you about creating an effective exercise routine and diet program.
- Nutritional counseling has been shown to increase caloric intake in patients
- Giving patients supplemental high-calorie drinks, working with them to create a plan for balancing their diet, and targeting specific dietary deficiencies may help patients gain weight
- Resistance training exercises have been shown to increase LBM and muscular strength, but patients need proper equipment and training
- Light to moderate exercise is safe for people living with HIV
- Exercises that may benefit your patients include:
- Aerobic: swimming, cycling, walking
- Strength training
- Flexibility training
Learn about the symptoms your patients may be experiencing so that you can recognize the signs and begin diagnosing HIV-associated wasting.
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