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How to lose the fat belly
Aug 9, 2007

Since first diagnosed in 2000, I have my HIV under control with a undetectible viral load and a CD4 count about 800. I have been on Zerit, Epivir, Truvada, Sustiva ( not all at once of course). I am now on Atripla and it is working very well also, my problem is my unsightly pot belly. I eat fruits, vegs, chicken or fish and I teach dance 6 days a week but still have the big stomach. Any hope of reducing it??

Response from Dr. Conway

I would start by making sure that you are not diabetic or have some other hormone imbalance such as thyroid disease. Assuming th you do not, I would see a nutritionist to optimize your caloric intake and also see someone to help design an appropriate exercise program to help lose abdominal fat. As for any specific treatment you can take, most of the clinical trials have not generated very positive results, I'm afraid. Growth hormone may work, but it is quite expensive and only a real option if you have a plan for third party reimbursement. Beyond this, we only recommend plastic surgery if everything else is under good control (diet, exercise, etc...).

Dr. Brian, I have a concern.
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