Home > Medical > Tuberculosis > Living with TB Smoker? Diabetic? Beware TB The modern world has seen a resurgence in the ancient scourge of TB, and if you smoke or suffer from diabetes, you are at increased risk of developing this serious disease. Tuberculosis Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs but can also damage other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, kidneys, and bones. Mycobacterium tuberculosis can live only in people; it cannot be carried by animals, insects, soil, or other non-living objects. The role of diet in TB While TB drugs are the first line of defence against this killer disease, a healthy diet rich in protective nutrients can also play an important role in improving the outcome. Assess Your risk for COPD » Join HIV Talk » Ask CyberDoc » Assess Do you have asthma? » African health in focus World's Most Famous TB Patients TB and nutrition Nutrition and dietary habits play an important role in the prevention and treatment of TB. Never mind the war: what about TB? In the deep rural areas of Africa, villages are erected to treat the poor and needy tubercular sufferers. Vitamin D counters TB Discovery of the molecular mechanism that the body uses to fight off tuberculosis may open the way to the use of ordinary vitamin supplements to help prevent the disease. Soya and L-glutamine ups immunity The importance of soya and L-glutamine in enhancing immunity should not be underestimated, especially in the treatment of HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, ME, and cancer. Why TB patients don't take meds A study casts new light on the difficulties patients face in trying to stick to the treatment they are given. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors A number of good reasons why saving the tooth is a better option Breakfast like a King Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many.