Having a balanced diet is particularly important for people living with HIV.
Think of eating a healthy diet as a positive strategy you can use to maintain good health, boost your immune system and be better prepared to fight infection.
People living with HIV have been shown to be at increased risk of metabolic complications such as osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes and changes in the way that the body metabolises fat (lipodystrophy).
A healthy diet is particularly important if you are taking antiretroviral medications as some drugs can cause changes to the way your body metabolises some fats and sugars.
Healthy eating improves short term health, helps you maintain a healthy weight and can help reduce the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lipodystrophy and osteoporosis.