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Nutrition Guidelines & Diets for Wasting Syndrome

Wasting syndrome, also known as cachexia, is characterized by the unintended and progressive loss of more than 10% of body weight owing to inadequate dietary intake, malabsorption of nutrients, and abnormalities in metabolism and energy expenditure.

A common development from HIV-related infections, wasting syndrome is often accompanied by diarrhea, fever, and weakness. The condition can severely impair the body's defense system, allowing for the progression of disease and, in some cases, leading to death.

If you have wasting syndrome or are a caregiver of someone with the condition, the information and links below may be helpful.

Boosting Calorie & Protein Intake for People With Wasting Syndrome

If you have wasting syndrome or are at risk of developing the condition, you must monitor your body weight regularly. At the first sign of weight loss, you will need to begin increasing your intake of calories and protein. Some of the weight that is lost during wasting is fat, but more dangerous is the loss of "lean body mass," which consists mostly of muscle.

An increase in your calorie and protein consumption will help to maintain if not increase both your body weight and your lean body mass. If you are experiencing a loss of appetite, you may need to consider taking medications to help you boost your intake of calories and protein. Your doctor should be able to inform you of medications that can stimulate your appetite and/or facilitate weight gain.

Many simple and safe dietary suggestions are available to help you increase your calorie and protein consumption. Information a specific diet and menu is also available.


The above opinionated views and information serves to educated and informed consumer .  The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. .It should not replaced professional advise and consultation.  A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions 

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