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what causes muscle and fat loss
Mar 9, 2011

My sister has been on ARVs for more than 10 years .However she is experiencing muscle and fat loss. How can we help? Is it okey to introduce Herbal Treatment ? Which Hebal treatments can bring back her fat and muscle? Worried sister

Response from Dr. Henry

Fat loss in HIV can be due to age, history of low CD4 count, genetics, certain HIV meds (ie stavudine and zidovudine), and other factors. If she is taking stavudine or zivodudine should check to see if other meds are available (such as tenofovir or abacavir) to switch to. Hormone levels, diet, exercise all can influence muscle mass. Patients with low CD4 count and uncontrolled HIV replication (HIV drugs not working or not available) are at increased risk for weight loss/wasting so it also depends on how she is doing HIV wise. No herbal treatments have been shown to be helpful for fat loss or muscle mass loss. KH

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