Diet for tuberculosis patients is usually a normal diet with increased emphasis on choosing food options.
Diet for patients with tuberculosis should be simple, digestible and well-prepared. Meals for the patients should be tempting, as loss of appetite one of the symptom of the malady. In this manner, patients get encouraged to eat. Tuberculosis (TB), airborne infectious disease affecting lungs, is preventable to an extent by wise selection of eating options. Eating healthy creates a shield for infected by strengthening his immune system against tuberculosis complications.
As malnutrition is a commonest sign/symptom of the disease, diet plays a vital role in fighting TB. Nutrient-dense food options loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients are considered best for tuberculosis patients. Deficiency of nutrients, especially protein ceases body’s ability to combat infection.
The chronic malady is one of the most feared ones, which may arise due to several reasons like malnutrition, unhygienic conditions and poor sanitation. Caused due to by bacteria known as mycobacterium tuberculosis, the disease affects lungs and leads to pulmonary tuberculosis. Among the early symptoms of tuberculosis are sudden rise in body temperature, flushed face, increase in circulation and respiration, persistent fatigue, weight loss and prolonged cough.
To prevent the malady, diet rich in fruits and vegetables that strengthens immune system is advised so that free radicals do not have in impact on rest of the body. Usually, high protein and high energy diet is prescribed for patients with tuberculosis. 6-meal pattern is also recommended for many patients due to poor appetite.
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