Jun 19, 2003
I'm hiv+. Do smoking and drinking alcohol affect greatly?
Response from Mr. Vergel
Yes. Smoking increases the risks of heart disease. Over 50% of people with HIV have high LDL (bad) cholesterol , low HDL (good) cholesterol, and high triglycerides. Smoking when you have high lipids is asking for big trouble. Smoking has also been linked to a higher incidence of avascular necrosis, or death of bone tissue in the joints. There are also some studies that link smoking to reduced immune function. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about the nicotine patches, Ziaban (a prescription drug that helps decrease the cravings),and counseling. Also, exercise may help manage the anxiety of not being able to smoke when you want to!
Alcohol can increase insulin resistance, tax the liver (which is already working over time with HIV drugs), affect the pancreas, and increase visceral fat (around your waist) Alcohol in moderation (no more than two drinks a day) can show some benefits in increasing the good kind of cholesterol (HDL)
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Black Spots After Vaginal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Headache After Unprotected Anal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Jock Itch After Swallowing Cum Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Sore On Penis After Mutual Masturbation Worried I Have HIV
- Sore Testicles After Anal Sex With Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- White Bumps On Penis After Licking Anus Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.