Ars Weight Loss How Common

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Body Shape Changes (Lipodystrophy)

...ARV drugs stavudine (Zerit) and retrovir (Zidovudine, AZT) was shown to restore some fat lost from arms and legs. Fat gain, in some cases, can be cut out surgically or removed by liposuction. Increased exercise and changes in diet can help. For example, more fiber in the diet may control insulin resistance and help decrease abdominal fat. Testosterone is also being studied to help with lipo symptoms. Human growth hormone is very effective in...
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could this be why i am loosing weight

hello Iam a 57 yr old man diagnosed hiv pos 1990. I have been on most of the drugs for hiv and suffer from lipoatrophy. my present meds are isentress ritonivir prezista and acyclovir t cell 1034 (was 17t cells in 1995)lol vlundetectable i ...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...factories of our cells. It has been shown to decrease lipids and improve AZT related muscle weakness. So, I doubt that your weight loss may be due to it.You do not mention your "normal body weight" or the amount of weight loss. I will assume... Read more »

CD4 count decreasing and loosing weight

I did my CD4 count early January and it was 400. They told me not to worry but right now I'm loosing weight, I was 89kg when I did the CD4 count now in May I'm 65kg. What must I do? Am I getting sick? and I'm not taking ARV's yet. Should I go to the...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...HIV infection. You don't indicate what your HIV viral load is, as some people with very high viral loads could experience some weight loss. Many other medical and mental health issues could be affecting appetite and/or contributing to weight... Read more »

Should I be concern about loosing weight?

Dear Dr. Nelson,I'm 22 years old, 5'7 180lbs that I know I've maintained and on medication. Atripla to be exact. My last doctors appointment was on 6-11-08, and my cd4 count came up and is now 379 @ 27% from 373 @ 22%, and a viral load to...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...(assuming you are not all muscle) , you are a little over the "normal" weight for a body mass index of 25. But any unintentional weight loss needs to be look at carefully. Nelson Read more »

The conundrum of losing weight

I have been somewhat spared from lipodystrophy though its all about who I compare myself with. Ive got 20 years of bodybuilding in me with very little to show because of that fat belly that seems to extend up to the sternum (the circumference of the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...idea of what role genetics can play in body shape/habitus. Age, sex, race, time with HIV, and many genetics factors as well as diet and exercise habits can contribute to fat distribution issues in a given patient. Unfortunately there are few/no... Read more »
The Body

This Month in HIV: 2009 Update on Body Shape Changes and HIV/AIDS able to be absolutely confident of the results, it seemed that the two groups responded pretty much the same. The average weight loss we got was about 15 pounds. The changes in an HIV-positive and in an HIV-negative person were really pretty... Read more »
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...slender and lightweight Factors that you can control include: Having low levels of calcium or vitamin D in your diet Smoking tobacco Drinking more than 3 alcoholic drinks a day Drinking a lot of coffee Being... Read more »
River Huston

Body Shape and HIV

..."Oh, my God, I am huge!" I realized that I was not only diseased but I was as big as a house! What to do? I know all the diets by heart: Atkins, the cabbage soup diet, Weight Watchers, the Zone, 30/30/40/, 90/10, 0/0/0, grapefruit diet,... Read more »
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Tesamorelin and Excess Deep Belly Fat

...placebo. Although it may help some people trim down some of their deep belly or visceral fat, it should not be viewed as a weight control product. In HIV- people this fat has been shown to increase a person's risk for heart disease. Tesamorelin... Read more »
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Toning after Major Weight Loss

Posted by PozBrother, 2 Replies
Hello, my name is Carter, I am trying to tone up my stomach and behind areas, I have loss a great deal of weight, went from 360, now currently 194, and I am 6'4, so it does not look bad.. but I want to tone up and be healthier, Can anyone suggest... Read more »


Posted by Mssimone, 4 Replies
...we can't accept you because your HIV positive".. IN SHOCK I asked" what does being HIV positive have to do with me trying to lose weight?????" and she replied "Well because your on meds, and stuff like that" ----IN MORE SHOCK! I said "What do... Read more »

Off Zyprexa--Loosing Too Much Weight

Posted by AphasiaNista, 1 Reply
I been taking Zyprexa for the last two years. But now psycho-pharmacologist is weaning me off of it. I never weighed that much in the first place. And now I'm down to 131lbs. I'm on Truvada and Kaletra, and Mepron for PCP. I have no body fat at... Read more »

what is considered weight loss?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...Hello, I was just wondering what you consider weight loss because although I weigh roughly the same (about 186 lbs) I am definitely thinning out. I can tell in the clothes I wear and Read more »
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