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Fat redistribution turning to muscle loss
Jan 29, 2005

Regarding lipodystrophy/lipoatrophy in otherwise healthy (never been symptomatic) HIV patients, is there a physiological point reached at which the body will have redistributed as much fat as is available, will the body then start redistributin or destroying muscle tissue to feed the process? Thanks very much for providing this forum for discussion.

Response from Dr. Henry

That transition (from fat loss to muscle loss) might occur in the setting of HIV/AIDS wasting (different from simple fat redistribution issue) which was more common in the pre-effective therapy days. Maintaining nutrition and exercise and good hormone balance and optimally suppressing HIV and treating/preventing AIDS related infections generally but not always protects against muscle wasting. KH



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