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Cachexia Or Wasting Syndrome

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Wasting Syndrome

Hormone levels can affect the metabolism. HIV seems to change some hormone levels including testosterone and thyroid. Also, cytokines play a role in wasting. Cytokines are proteins that produce inflammation to help the body fight infections. People with HIV have very high levels of cytokines. This makes the body produce more fats and sugars, but less protein. Unfortunately, these factors can work together to create a "downward spiral." For...
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hydrazine sulfate and cachexia vaccine

Have you heard of Professor M.J. Tisdale and his cachexia vaccine? Have you heard of Hydrazine Sulfate and the anti-wasting properties it has had in cancer patients?check out these links and please tell me what you...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
I have read a lot about hydrazine sulfate in the days when we had very little available for wasting syndrome. Unfortunately, I was never too convinced about its lean body mass enhancing properties. Now we have Oxandrin, Deca Durabolin, testosterone,... Read more »

Explain cachexia

Hi, I would like to know what is cachexia (i know it's to do with an amount of weight lost in a time frame)? is it graded on severity? and how is it detected?Thanks....
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Cachexia is malnutrition and wasting due to illness. It is predominatedly a protein energy deficiency state with loss of total and lean body mass. It may be assessed and graded by anthropometrics, BIA or DEXA scanning (and other more complex... Read more »

Anthropometry in HIV wasting

Could you please let me know the anthropometric procedures to be carried out and the related parameters in individuals with HIV wasting syndrome?...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
They have been successfully used on one CPCRA study which included assessment of waist-hip, waist circumference, mid thigh, mid bicep and sub scapular fat. However, there is considerable observer variation and so my not be ideal for routine use.... Read more »

Exercise vs wasting syndrome

I have a question about exercise & nutrition versus wasting syndrome. First my last labs/dr visitwas 1/9 of this year. CD4 was 600, vl undetectable. I am a male, 5'8, slight build and all my adultlife weighed 145 until 5 years ago when I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Eating healthy/exercising and carrying an appropriate (not excessive) weight makes sense for most patients even in the context of HIV infection. KH... Read more »
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wasting

Posted by trnyack, 2 Replies
I was first diagnosed in May of 2001 when My Vl was 750,000 and my cd4 was 42, since then I have been taking a cocktail of Viracept, Epivir, Zerit, and Bactrim, My weight has dropped from around 160 lbs to just over 120, I am nioticing veins bulging... Read more »

Wasting severly--HELP

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My loved one is wasting away, how much weight can a person lose and still get healthier? I am very scared and worried about him. Read more »

Wasting---help me

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I'm sorry to come on board, but I need help. My husband is wasting away. He's newly on meds, but not gaining. It seems as though his buttcheeks are completely gone. I don't know what to do.

I'm afraid. He's down to 120 and losing despite putting... Read more »