By Dr. Vandana in Lybrate.
There was once, being diagnosed with HIV was almost equivalent to getting sentenced to death. But it’s not like that anymore. In fact, the life expectancy of an HIV positive person is now currently estimated at 80 years, which is roughly the same as a person who has not been infected by the virus. So what can you do to add those extra 20 years to your life? Read on to learn more about this World AIDS Day.
1. Take a diet rich in fiber
lymphoid tissues in your stomach are filled with T cells (one type of lymphocyte or just put a type of white blood cell). HIV affects these T cells greatly, and that is precisely the reason that HIV-positive people suffer from gastrointestinal problems. However, having a digestive system functioning properly is very important for the absorption of antiretroviral drugs. This is when a diet rich in fiber can help. A highly fibrous diet and even probiotics can ensure proper absorption of antiretroviral drugs and may help prevent side effects such as diarrhea. Therefore, be sure to include plenty of wheat, corn and rice bran in your diet to stay healthy and live longer.
2. Listen to your favorite songs
Loss of the proper functioning of your brain is one of the side effects more common HIV. Music can be the solution to this side effect. Galina Mindlin, MD and co-author of Your playlist can change your life , he has come up with brain music therapy. This music therapy becomes your brainwaves to help sleep, concentrate and cope with depression or stress in a much better way. Any of your favorite songs that can help get sleep or increasing their concentration levels in just two weeks. All you have to do is listen to the tracks that you like twice a day for at least 5 minutes.
3. Take all supplements religiously
multivitamins, zinc and selenium are a must if you are HIV positive and wants to live a long and healthy life. Zinc deficiency is very common in people with HIV, and is responsible for immune dysfunction in the early days of the disease. Selenium, on the other hand, can increase immunity while the virus level in the body is controlled. Supplements of vitamin D and calcium are also a must, especially if you are a woman. However, there are certain medications that should be avoided and it is best to consult with your doctor in these cases.
4. Get a dog
Although having a baby can be risky, adopting a dog in his place can become a much better idea. Studies have shown that people with HIV, having a pet (either a dog or cat) can help the patient feel less alone. In fact, one particular study found that anxiety in patients with HIV was reduced by 37% before undergoing medical procedures if they spent some quality time with their furry four-legged friends. So having a pet to advance in years in a healthy way.
Go ahead and take these 4 simple tips in your daily life healthily for a century despite being HIV positive.