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Nutrient Needs

Acute infectious illness, such
as hiv/aids, in associated
with an increase in energy
requirements and increased
lean tissue(muscle)
breakdown. Additionally,
people with hiv/aids are
known to have high losses
of protein, which may result
from malabsorption due to
diarrhoea and loss of body
fluids. Individual energy
and protein needs depend
on the health status of an
individual with hiv/aids.
Even more energy is
required in the presence of
secondary disease
(opportunistic infections)
In the presence of
malabsorption or diarrhoea,
a low-fat diet may relieve
some of the symtoms.
Practical tips:Ingredients,
such sugar, vegetable, oil,
peanut butter, eggs and
non-fat milk powder can be
used in porridge, soups,
casseroles or drinks to
increase the protein and
energy content without
adding to the bulk of the

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