Continue To Gain Weight While On TB Treatment?

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si, I want to ask. I have TB disease. Currently the treatment has been 5 months. Is it true that TB patients can’t lose weight? The problem is that my body is getting fatter and fatter. Can I do diet and exercise to be healthier and gain a more ideal weight? I am also afraid that this obesity will trigger other diseases to come. what should I do? Please help..thank you

1 Answer:

Hello Dinda,


When pulmonary TB treatment is carried out and treatment is going well, weight gain can occur. This could be because with proper treatment the infection process is more under control.


However, apart from the response to treatment, weight gain is also influenced by calorie intake exceeding the required energy, lack of exercise, daily activities, and body metabolism.


In the condition of the healing period, you should indeed run a healthy lifestyle with proper food arrangements and regular exercise, but avoid strict diets and strenuous exercise.


The body still needs adequate nutrition to support healing. Before losing weight, it's a good idea to calculate your body mass index whether it's ideal or not. If you are still ideal / normoweight, of course you only need to maintain your weight.


You can increase the consumption of vegetables, fruit, and protein and reduce the consumption of unhealthy or high-calorie foods and snacks, such as chips, crackers, fast food, cakes. Also increase water and reduce sugary drinks. For exercise, you can do light exercise 3-4x/week first, for example jogging, cycling, walking, aerobics. The intensity of exercise can be increased gradually and will be maximized after completion of treatment.


You can consult further with your doctor during treatment control regarding a healthy diet and recommended exercise to maintain an ideal and ideal weight when treatment is yes.


Here is an article that relates to the topic of your question:


Tuberculosis


Thanks and hope it helps,


dr. Devika Y

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