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HIV Wasting and Diabetes
May 13, 2004

Greetings. My questions is purely one of curiosity. Four years ago I was diagnosed with wasting. Initially I was prescribed to self-inject testoterone and, for the past 3 years have been on a regime of AndroGel salve, once a day, which replaced the injections. I have been able to maintain my weight at about 194 pounds. (I'm 5' 11".) Last month I was diagnosed with diabetes, which means per my physicians that I have to closely monitor my sugar count and extra weight. I am taking only Trizivir for my HIV status and have been positive for the past 13 years. My counts are: T-Cells 730; Viral Load - < 230 and Helper Cells - 44%. I am also on medication for high blood pressure and the diabetes. I am exercising at least 30 minutes a day. Can you give me any advice?


Response from Dr. Moyle

Well Jim, from some studies there is a suggestion that HIV may be associated with an inceased risk of diabetes. However, in general the association is with protease inhibitors, especially indinavir. Endocrine (hormonal) disorders often cluster together so the loss of your testosterone production a few years ago, prompting the need for testosterone replacement may have been the first sign that other hormonal problems were yet to come. I doubt your trizivir is a significant contributor to the problem but I think it is worth talking to you diabetic specialist about assessing a range of other hormones to see whether there are other problems which could be addressed. You do not mention a family history but of course folks with relatives with diabetes are much more prone to diabetes themselves. In this regard, you can't beat your genes.

I hope this helps


Graeme Moyle

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