Lipodystrophy and diet
Changes in the way the body processes, uses and stores fat have been noticed in some people taking anti-HV drugs. This can lead to changes in body shape or very high levels of blood fats, which can in turn increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Changes to your diet can help reduce fat levels in your blood (often called lipids). If you are told by your doctor that you have high lipids, try to reduce your intake of saturated fats like dairy products, red meat and animal fats, as well as your sugar and alcohol intake.
Fish oil contains high levels of fatty acids called omega-3 oils, which can reduce fats in the blood. Fish such as mackerel, salmon and trout are a good source. Also, try to make sure that you eat at least five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day, as this also protects the heart.
There’s a lot more information on lipodystrophy in the section Side-effects.