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Can You Die From Wasting

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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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Dying Husband with Lymphoma and Dementia; This may sound horrible, but I want him to die.

My husband is dying he was diagnosed at a very late stage Cd4 70s, viral load in the millions. My problem is unbeknown to me he had another wife in another state. She is negative and I am positive. This man literally did nothing to help himself in...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I am so very sorry to hear of what is happening to you, your husband, and the other wife. I hope that you are receiving some type of help (social worker, therapist, counselor, etc). It's a lot to handle.To answer your specific question, is it... Read more »

butt-wasting

hi nelson:wasting of the butt (glutes): is there any way to prevent this? of course, heavy squats, stiff legged dead lifts, butt machines, etc have some effect. but over time, have u noticed butt-wasting? has it been pretty much irreversable?...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
Butt wasting is one of the most common features of lipoatrophy (fat loss). Like you said, working out may keep a muscular butt but the fat loss still occurs in those taking nucleosides like Zerit or AZT. Aging also has that bad side effect.There... Read more »

Can Wasting Syndrome be reversed?

My best friend has suffered from wasting syndrome for two years and his doctors keep telling him that they don't know what's wrong with him. His blood work is all normal. His major organ functions are all normal(heart, liver, kidneys,...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
If I was losing weight involuntarily with a calorie intake of over 2000 calories a day (I am assuming your friend is eating well), I would talk to my doctor to have my liver blood flow checked to detect any potential hepatic portal hypertension.... Read more »

Dying with HIV

I appreciate this can be read as a morbid question, but it's something that I have started thinking about in recent months. I am 58 years and have had Hiv for the past 4 years, been on Atripla, have unmeasureable viral load, and am very...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Firstly, people living with HIV who get tested, get into- and stay in care and have access to HIV medications can and do live normal life times. A really important issue is that as many as 25% of the US HIV+ population... Read more »
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Dying from AIDS for lack of medicine

Posted by BabyPeanut, 3 Replies


Dying from AIDS for lack of medicine

More than 36 million people are living with HIV or AIDS. Ninety percent are living in developing countries where the high prices of medications are effectively condemning them to death. Without drastic changes to...
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Wasting

Posted by trnyack, 4 Replies
I was first diagnosed in May of 2001 when My Vl was 750,000 and my cd4 was 42m, 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... Read more »

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 »

HIV/AIDS Lipoatrophy (Facial Wasting)

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
HIV/AIDS Lipoatrophy (Facial Wasting)

Individuals living with HIV and AIDS may not only have to deal with the threat of illness but the toll of illness. All that is required to stay healthy and alive can leave an everlasting mark! I'm referring to... Read more »