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Wasting Syndrome - sunken face

Oct 28, 1997

Why do I and some other people with AIDS have no trouble putting on muscle, but have not an ounce of fat? I have a fabulously well muscled body with not an ounce of fat. Which looks fine but when you look at my face you can see that there is muscle loss and no fat. The face looks sunken in. I have to say that I eat at least 3000 calories a day. Can you tell me what is the reason for this condition and what I can reasonably do to reverse it? I have yet to hear a solution to this problem that works. Is this partially a side-effect of AIDS drugs? Your help would be greatly appreciated in this situation because it causes great anxiety and embarrassment to many of us. Thanks, Michael

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