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How Do I Avoid Lipodystrophy

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can you avoid lipodystrophy?

Posted by hopefulone, 4 Replies
s there a way you can avoid or lesson the impact of lipodystrophy if on atripla? good diet and regular exercise? or regardless of exercise and diet youre going to change? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous
hello, i'm a freelance reporter and I'm trying to write a story for POZ magazine on the condition lipodystrophy. if you're currently on medication and have been impacted by this, please email me at
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
anyone who will talk about this?

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exercise and PI lipodystrophy

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
i have been on zerit, epivir and crix for more than one year.
i have lipodystrophy (no more buttocks, fat loss in face and a paunch). I have always been an avid exerciser -- my doc has told me to STOP exercising, that it worsens the situation.
i... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and relationships

Posted by capri75
Anyone out there who has experienced a feeling of neglect in a relationship because they have lipodystrophy even thought they have healthy blood counts and full of energy. Anyone who knows a dating sites for people with lipodystrophy? Read more »
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HOw can I avoid lipodystrophy

I hope you will answer my question. I will like to know is there a way that I can avoid lipodystrophy. I know there is not alot of information but if you can help me in anything please help me. My t-cells are 409 and 9 thousand copies. No treatment...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
While I don't think there is a perfect answer to your question, I do think that you can do a number of things to limit the risk as it is currently understood.Take a look at your personal risk factors and address each of those. These may... Read more »

Avoid lipodystrophy in starting regimen

Dr. Pierone,My boyfriend and I, both 29 yrs old, were diagnosed with HIV about 9 months ago. He has clinical AIDS (T cells ~180, VL ~100,000). He has been worried about starting on therapy, as he is an actor, and feels like lipodystrophy would...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
As you may be aware there are 2 general types of lipodystrophy that are quite different, related to different antiretroviral classes, and occur in varying degrees of severity. In most individuals one pattern predominates, although they may... Read more »

Lipodystrophy (LIPODYSTROPHY)

I'm trying to find CURRENT information about lipo treatment options, but everything I find, including on this site, is over 2 years old. Can you point me to anything newer. I've been advanced/full-blown (technically) for 15 years, and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The best source for current information about lipodystrophy (lipoatrophy and lipohypertrophy) should be your HIV specialist physician. Treatment options depend on your specific case. There is current information on treatment options on this site... Read more »

Avoiding lipo

Hey.What is the best combination to take to avoid lipodistrophy? Is there any drug in particular to avoid?...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Avoidance of lipodystrophy would require a good understanding of the causes of lipodystrophy. Unfortunately, this is a science that is still in evolution; good data will require long-term prospective studies looking at persons on different drug... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Body Distortion -- Lipodystrophy

Lipodystrophy (lipid = fat; dystrophy = disorder) Lipodystrophy syndrome is the term used to describe a range of symptoms that include changes in body shape and metabolic changes (for the latter, see "Cardiac Concerns" and "Insulin Resistance and... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Can a Mediterranean Diet Reduce the Effects of Lipodystrophy Syndrome in People Living With HIV? A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

HIV infection and the highly active antiretroviral therapies that fight it both are associated with changes in patients lipid profile and fat distribution (lipodystrophy). A pilot study was carried out for a randomized controlled trial to determine... Read more »
The Well Project

Lipodystrophy, Body Changes and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents What Is Lipodystrophy? Body Shape Changes Metabolic Complications What Causes Lipodystrophy? Can Lipodystrophy Be Treated? Caring for Yourself What Is Lipodystrophy? Lipodystrophy means abnormal fat changes.... Read more »
HIV i-Base

High Prevalence of d4T-Associated Lipodystrophy Including Lipoatrophy in Children

Data describing lipodystrophy in children from sub-Saharan Africa are extremely limited. However use of d4T is widespread among children receiving ART in the region: in 2008 to 2009 approximately 90% of children on ART were taking d4T. Two posters... Read more »