Nutrition and HIV
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD


The popularity of Bohemian Rhapsody, the biographical drama about the rock band Queen, shed a light on an oft forgotten, chronic disease. AIDS. While fans of the band watched lead singer Freddy Mercury (played by Rami Malek) waste away, it was a reminder to dietitians that this formerly fatal disease has some distinct nutritional components to it.

Balanced nutrition is particularly important for HIV patients given their compromised immune systems. Weight loss, for example, is common in HIV infection for a variety of reasons. HIV patients may experience anorexia, dysgeusia, nausea and vomiting or malabsorption related to their condition as well as medication side effects. Mouth sores, a comm...

Why Gut Health is an Important Part of Diabetes Management
By Anne Danahy MS RDN


The digestive tract is home to trillions of microorganisms. Collectively known as the microbiome, these “bugs” that live in everyone’s gut influence a surprising number of daily operations in the human body.

Research is still in its infancy, but animal and human studies point to the microbiome as being a mini ecosystem that interacts with cells, organs, and systems throughout the body. In doing so, it modulates the risk of a wide range of diseases. It’s not surprising that gastrointestinal diseases are influenced by the microbiome, but researchers are also looking at its role in autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders, and metabolic diseases including obesity and di...

Intermittent Fasting: A Diet Fad, or an Effective Weight Loss Tool?
By Anne Danahy MS RDN


Intermittent fasting, also known as time restricted eating, has been gaining attention as a method of weight loss and a way to improve metabolic markers. Although this might sound like the latest fad diet, it’s actually rooted in research. Here’s a look at the science behind it, and what you should tell patients who are interested in trying it.

Methods of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is simply incorporating planned fasting periods into your day or week. It’s based on religious practices of voluntary fasting for periods of time, as with some Muslims who fast from sunrise to sunset each day for the month of Ramadan (1).

Observational studies of religious fas...