Malnutrition can result in a false negative tuberculin test in patients with tuberculosis, thus delaying the diagnosis in the patient.
Patients with tuberculosis have been found to have micronutrient deficiencies, which may affect their immunity status. Micronutrients are essential nutrients that are required by the body in small amounts. Patients with tuberculosis often suffer from deficiencies of zinc, vitamins including vitamin A, D, C and E, selenium, iron and copper.
Before the advent of antituberculosis drugs, nutrition played an important role in the treatment of tuberculosis. Even today, adequate nutrition can help the patient to recover faster with the treatment.
There is no prescribed diet for a patient with tuberculosis. A balanced diet could help to meet the nutritional requirements of the patient. Here are some guidelines that should be remembered while suggesting a diet for a tuberculosis patient:
A person with tuberculosis may have a poor appetite because of the disease itself and as a side effect of the medications. It is therefore necessary to recommend foods that the patient will enjoy eating. The patient may be recommended more frequent and smaller meals.
Alcohol should be avoided as far as far as possible. Alcohol damages the liver, and anti-tuberculosis medications also often affect the liver. Therefore, patients should be advised to keep away from alcohol.
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