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weight loss in son recently diagnosed
Sep 6, 2010

my son is 19 years old and recently diagnosed less than six months ago. he is losing weight. i want to know what we can do to help him gain weight. I dont know if it is his body unable to absorb nutrients or if the disease is progressing.he has health insurance so how regularly should he see a dr.-he is on meds, and what type of questions should we be asking?

Response from Mr. Vergel

Most people on HIV medications gain weight when their immune system restores, so it is a matter of feeding him healthy foods and making sure he exercises some. If after 6 months he has not regained the lost weight, then we can talk about other options that doctors prescribe to boost lean body mass up to healthier levels. At his age, he should do well.

Make sure he is not having unmanaged diarrhea, nausea or appetite loss since those three factors can get in the way of weight regain.

Make sure he has 3-4 meals a day. Breakfast is the most important of all and should contain eggs fortified with Omega 3 fatty acids, nuts, fruit, oatmeal,Greek style yogurt, natural peanut butter sandwich on multigrain bread, etc.

If you want to supplement his diet with an aminoacid supplement, JUVEN ( go to Juven.com) has been shown to help increase lean body mass and weight in people going through chronic illness. You can find it in health food stores.

Make sure he takes a multivitamin twice a day and that he is surrounded by supportive people like yourself. It is important that he does not get overwhelmed with his diagnosis and that depression does not become an issue. Depression can really affect every part of one's life, specially appetite.

Let us know things go with your son. He is lucky to have such supportive mom who researches answers on the Internet.

Nelson



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