Alice Pugliese, Specialist Dietitian
How can we help?
Eating a healthy diet and being active offers health benefits for all. Research has shown that people living with HIV are more at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD, heart disease/strokes), diabetes and bone disease (osteoporosis/osteopenia). Following a balanced diet, taking regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent these problems.
Many people gain a significant amount of weight in the year after starting treatment for HIV. For most people this is not necessary. Eating a healthy diet and taking regular exercise can help prevent this. A dietitian can offer help and advice about making changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Some people may be concerned about a poor appetite or recent unplanned weight loss, a dietitian can also offer advice and support with this.
How do I have a healthy diet?
Following a varied, balanced diet can support your immune system, improve heart and bone health, protect against some cancers and help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
The eatwell guide shows how to balance your diet by choosing a variety of foods.
How can I arrange an appointment with a dietitian?
A dietitian is usually available at the clinic. If you would like to have an appointment with the dietitian please speak to your doctor or specialist nurse about a referral. You can usually be seen on the same day as your clinic appointment.
The dietetic department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital can be contacted on 0114 2712617 or a referral can be arranged by contacting the HIV specialist nursing team on 0114 2711882