Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Diet and Lyme Disease: The Aftermath

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Diet and Lyme Disease: The Aftermath

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People with longstanding Lyme disease end up in poor physical condition. Even with successful treatment of the Lyme infection, they will not return to normal unless they take an active role in personal rehabilitation.

In late-stage disease, many negative effects to the body occur. The muscles atrophy, and to some degree the heart muscle also suffers, as do the joints, nerves, liver, and other structures.

Besides these physical effects, chemical changes occur. The fat content of the body as a whole rises, the cholesterol rises, and the balance between high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) becomes less favorable. At least 80% of the patients experience significant weight gain.

To make matters worse, because of the extreme fatigue and body pain, many Lyme disease patients end up spending inordinate amounts of time in bed and get far less exercise than they had before they became ill.

As a result of all this, patients are stiff, weak, and tired; they have poor stamina and are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Therefore, a vital part of any plan for recovery must include various forms of physical therapy, the extent of which depends on an individual patient's condition. …

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