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How To Prevent Lipodystrophy When You Have Hiv

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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. It is used to describe a number ofchanges in body fat that are experienced by many people living with HIV (HIV+).Lipodystrophy can also include changes in fat and sugar levels in the blood ofHIV+...
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How Can I Prevent Lipodystrophy, Lipoatrophy, & Wasting

Is there anything I can do now to prevent lipodystrophy, lipoatrophy, or wasting in the future. I was recently infected and was detected very, very early. I have been put on combination therapy for the past month. I have been concious of my diet...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

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

The Cutting Edge
It is worth making the effort to prevent problems. Stable weight is very important in preventing problems down the line.I would recommend that you talk with your team about the risk factors you might personally have for such changes and deal with... Read more »

Lipodystrophy or HIV

What do you think is harder to find a cure for, HIV or lipodystrophy? How long before you think there might be a meaningful treatment for lipodystrophy?People keep talking about fat injections for facial wasting not lasting very long. Well how long...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
First HIV has killed thousands of Americans and millions of people worldwide. Lipodystrophy has not. It is really important to keep this in perspective. We may never have a cure for AIDS in our lifetimes as viral infections have been notoriously... Read more »

lipodystrophy

Are there any other drugs besides the HIV treatment drugs that cause facial wasting?...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

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

The Cutting Edge
Among the potential risk factors for fat loss are insulin resistance and mitochondrial toxicity, both of which can be an adverse effect of other drugs. You can talk with your pharmacist about the potential side effects of the medications you are on... Read more »

Future of Lipodystrophy and Lipoatrophy

Hi Doctor Young, Thank you for your role in research that you presented at the AIDS Conference in Barcelona. My question is brief but hopefully you can shed some optimistic light on it. Infected individuals are hesitant to start treatment due...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
You are correct in your summary of lipodystrophy.There is considerable attention being directed by the research and pharaceutical communities to understand the causes and treatment of lipodystrophy.There is some evidence that certain drugs may play... Read more »
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HIV Positive Volunteers with Lipodystrophy Needed

Posted by Anonymous
HIV Positive Volunteers with Lipodystrophy Needed

HIV positive subjects age 18-65 with changes in body fat distribution
are needed for a three-year research study investigating treatment
with growth hormone. Participants will self-inject growth hormone
f... Read more »

HIV Positive Volunteers with Lipodystrophy Needed

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
HIV Positive Volunteers with Lipodystrophy Needed

HIV positive subjects age 18-65 with changes in body fat distribution
are needed for a three-year research study investigating treatment
with growth hormone. Participants will self-inject growth... Read more »

lipodystrophy from protease inhibitors

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have known about my HIV+ status now for 6 years, and God has blessed me with continued good health. I have accessed all the major medications, plus vitamins to help fight the disease. Once I started taking the new protease inhibitors, I started... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and/or Neuropathy?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is it possible to experience lipodystrophy and neuropathy within 2-3 months of HIV exposure, or are these conditions generally symptomatic of long-term HIV status? I have noticed significant swelling under my arm/ beside my right breast. I'm not... Read more »