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How To Manage High Cholesterol When You Are Hiv Positive

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The Well Project

Hyperlipidemia and HIV/AIDS: High Cholesterol and Triglycerides

...The higher your LDL,the higher your risk of heart disease. The other is high-density lipoproteins(HDL) or "good" cholesterol, which can help reduce the risk of heartdisease. Your health care provider can tell you if you have high cholesterol ortriglycerides by doing a simple blood test called a fasting lipid profile. Thiswill measure total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. (You should havenothing to eat or drink for 8-12 hours before...
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high cholesterol

is taking 800mg's of phytosterols safe to take with my HIV medsepzicom, norvir, reyataztotal cholesterol 246=200 ldl, 46 hdlthanes vanig is my dr
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Good question-no safety or pharmacokinetic data available looking at interactions between protease inhibitors and phytosterols. Phytosterols may be effective at lowering LDL levels but there is still controversy about that and to my knowledge no... Read more »

Child on Kaletra and High Cholesterol and Triglycerides

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you all for the wonderful work that you do. It means alot to me and I am sure to so many others to have a forum where we can voice our fears and concerns and have so many knowledgeable doctors give us...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Heart disease generally develops slowly so the elevated lipids are not an emergency in the vast majority of cases but bear careful attention. If the regimen could be changed (switch off the Zerit and substitute boosted atazanavir for the Kaletra... Read more »

High Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Hello,Thank you for the work you do. I have a question about lowering cholesterol. I have been on HIV meds for almost two years. I started on Truvada/Sustiva and recently switched to Atripla. They have been working very well to control my HIV. My...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...(often in doses of omega 3 fish oil @ 2-4 grams/day can be helpful in lowering elevated triglyceride levels in persons with HIV infection. KH Read more »

Skinny but HIGH cholesterol!

Hi... I've been on very successful & side-effect free treatment with Sustiva/Truvada for about 9 weeks. I am 40, 5'8 & 132 lbs. I have always been slim, my heaviset weight was 140. I've only lost about 7 lbs. since being diagnosed about 3...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...A few issues here. Some of what you are having may relate to heredity...It may be that high cholesterol is part of your genetic make-up and you need to take pills for it.As for your medications, the two "third drugs" associated with Read more »
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AIDS Treatment News

New Guidelines for Avoiding Heart Disease by Managing High Cholesterol, Triglycerides, or Related Problems in HIV

...Society of America (IDSA) released new guidelines for treating dyslipidemia (blood fat and some related disorders) in persons with HIV. These guidelines were prepared by a team of clinical scientists on the Cardiovascular Subcommittee of the AIDS... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Heart if You Have HIV/AIDS

...are thinking about HRT to decide what's right for you. Other risk factors for heart disease include: High blood pressure High cholesterol Smoking Lack of exercise/physical inactivity Stress Poor diet Being overweight or obese Diabetes ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

How Do I Start?

...Be sure to get regular medical and dental checkups, and get treatment for conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. If you can avoid smoking, drinking too much alcohol, recreational drug use and sexually transmitted... Read more »
The Well Project

Diabetes and HIV/AIDS

...family history of the disease A poor diet Not exercising regularly A lot of fat around the belly Hepatitis C or liver damage High cholesterol High blood pressure What Problems Can Diabetes Cause? Diabetes can lead to serious illness... Read more »
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...I discovered I was HIV + for definite on Mon 9th November, 2009, just a couple of weeks before my 43rd birthday. I had been avoiding this thing for Read more »

Manager, Health Programs (HIV/AIDS)

Posted by hresources
...all Americans. The NAACP considers health as a civil rights issue, and is committed to serving as a leader in addressing HIV/AIDS. Under direction from the Religious Affairs and Health Committees of the national Board of Directors, HIV/AIDS... Read more »

easier to give up

Posted by borrowedtime, 6 Replies
...found out that i have kidney disease (and advised to go on low sodium/potassium diet, 1500 mg/2000mg per day), type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and triglycerides. with a pre-existing mild tremors in my body, these added health fears (plus the... Read more »

Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options?

Posted by hblue23, 4 Replies
...excuse the long drawn out story, but I need help and I am scared. I just had a baby, she's 5 months old now. I was on the HIV meds for the pregnancy because it was necessary to protect her and it is known that your immune system is down while... Read more »