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Mesothelioma diet and nutritional therapy

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In case of mesothelioma cases, eating the right foods at the right amounts is very critical for maintenance of the patient. Since the disease can take away vitality from the patient in such mesothelioma cases, it is important to ensure that he gets the necessary energy from his diet. Mesothelioma diet and nutritional therapy can help mesothelioma patients to recover their normal physical activities and at the same time fight the disease better.

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In case of mesothelioma cases, diet and nutritional therapy becomes more important because some dietary habits can completely eliminate the treatment outcomes. It is also possible to prevent cancer and its re-occurrence with the right foods.

Eating right during treatment

Nutritional therapy has several objectives in case of cancer patients, which include prevention and resolution of nutritional deficiencies, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, minimizing nutrition related side-effects, preserving lean body mass and maximizing the quality of life of the patients.

In case of mesothelioma cases, the food intake or mesothelioma patients is completely different from other people. In general, people need to limit milk, cheese and egg consumption, but in case of people suffering from mesothelioma, they need to eat more milk, cheese and eggs because they need more protein and calories. On the other hand, general people are advised to eat more high-fibre foods, but it may not be good for people suffering from mesothelioma, because such foods may cause diarrhea, cramping and digestion problems. If mesothelioma patients are vulnerable to food-borne infections, they will need to take more care in the kitchen while preparing the food. They will need to arrange for special food habits- scrubbing the fruits and vegetables thoroughly, cooking meat completely and avoiding unpasteurized foods.

Foods to eat and foods to limit

Mesothelioma patients need a diet that is rich in plant foods and low in processed foods and red meats.

You need at least 2.5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day. You will need to include them in every meal of yours. You can also include them in snacks. Different fruits and vegetables are very important for people suffering from mesothelioma. You need to choose whole-grain and avoid refined grains. Whole grains generally contain lower calorie and they are higher in fibre, vitamins and minerals. You will lead to include more, fish, poultry and high-protein non-meats like beans in your diet so that you can get more proteins, which is very much necessary for your day-to-day life.

You will need to reduce processed meat and red meat in your diet. So, it means you will have to be careful with bacon, sausage, and hot dogs. Beef, pork and lamb are considered red meats. You will lead to reduce alcohol consumption. If possible, you should completely stop it. If you cannot stop it, probably it is a wise idea to reduce the consumption to 2 drinks per day in case of men and one glass in case of women.

When you are suffering from mesothelioma, it is very important for you to choose foods that will help you to maintain a healthy weight. You will need to understand portion sizes and also how to read food labels. Since you need low-fat and low-calorie foods, you will need to know which foods are low-fat and low-calorie foods. Low-fat food may not be a low-calorie food and you will need to know that. You should avoid high calorie foods because they can make you overweight and obese. Such factors may result in cancer or may aggravate the existing cancer condition.

Since in mesothelioma cases, the food and nutrition becomes a very crucial factor, the patient and the support system should be more careful with the food choices.

References
1. Malignant Mesothelioma
2. Mesothelioma