|Aids 2002 Conference Findings for Lipodystrophy and Lipoatrophy
Jul 22, 2002
Dearest Dr. Dieterich, You are the coolest and most down to earth doctor on this website. I am curious as I bet are others who visit this website religiously hoping to get some positive feedback in terms of lipodystrophy (body shape changes) and lipoatrophy (facial wasting), what are the optimistic and positive findings in the two matters listed above that may promote to advances in treating these two disorders in the near future? Are we at all closer to attempting to treat these disorders or prevent them from occuring now than in 1999? Are the Hiv medications now in the pipeline being remanufactured to avoid these body deformations? Thanks Dr. Dieterich. Keep being that cool, down to earth guy you are.
Response from Dr. Dieterich
Thanks for the positive feedback. There was no real breakthrough at the Barcelona meeting. However there was controversy. It was particularly evident at Carl Grenfeld's presentation on the FRAMS study. He suggested that visceral fat, that is the protease paunch may not be related to HIV meds but that it is really the subcutaneous fat wasting that makes the belly stick out. There was a lot of criticism of that study and it may not be the real reason. The positive part is that more and more really smart people are studying this issue and bringing more science to bear on this issue. No miracles yet, but lots of research going on. Take heart! DTD
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