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Weight loss due to lung infection.

Tags: Diet , Nutrition

I have had severe issues with lung infections due to previous scarring with Sarcoidosis. The last lot of infections led to a severe weight loss (down from 64kg to 40kg).

I am gaining weight back now, but I am concerned with the very rich fat based diet. I am now at 49kg after six months. How should I manage my diet and weight?

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The answer

It is important that you eat a healthy well balanced diet when trying to gain weight due to illness. It is crucial that you gain weight the right way and not by eating high calorie foods that are full of saturated fats and sugar as these foods can increase the risk of developing high levels of cholesterol in you blood. The NHS choices web site recommends that you base your diet on three meals a day consisting of:

  • Starchy carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes
  • Five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
  • Lean proteins such as meat, fish and eggs
  • Milk and dairy foods , avoiding the full fat varieties
  • Healthy high energy foods

If you find that you are not gaining weight by following this diet then I would suggest that you speak to your GP and ask for a referral to a dietician.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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