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How Weight Lifting Prevents Lipodystrophy

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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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ExercisingWeight Lifting and HIV

Is exercising and or weight lifting ok for an Hiv + individual who is relatively healthy. If so what would you recommend on starting out. I have the means to start a workout program at a local gym. The only problem is I have mild fatigue and...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
Dear San Antonio,I am definitely pro-excercise. For people with HIV it is not only OK but highly recommended. At the risk of sounding like a zealot, here are some of the benefits: it can improve depression, decrease fatigue, it prevents heart... Read more »

I'm off AZT and lifting weights, now what?

Dear Nelson, How are you doing (T cells, viral load, exercise schedule, etc)? I haven't heard from you in several years. I hope that you can make it to the next Market Days in Chicago. I just dumped retrovir (AZT) for tenofovir (Viread)....
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
Tom:I am sorry it took me a long time to answer this email. I am a little confused with your email. Are you taking Ziagen and Viread as a dual therapy only with no other drug? Talk to your doctor about this combo since some interactions have been... Read more »

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 »

about anabolic steroids for lipodystrophy

in an earlier question you stated that anabolic steroids have been useful for lipodystrophy. My dr. said that steroids have no effect in preventing lipo. Could you elaborate on their benefits...
Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California Berkeley & San Francisco
I'm not sure what was said before about anabolics and lipodystrophy. Here's what I'd say.Lipodystrophy refers to loss of fat from the extremities. There is no known treatment of any type that is effective against this complication.... Read more »
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Lipodystrophy and Lipohypertrophy

Posted by Bear60

Its not a difference of weight loss and weight gain.
If you dont know the difference between "wasting" syndrone and lipoatrophy read this. If you think weight gain is a symptom of lipohypertrophy, then read... Read more »

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, 4 Replies
What is anyone doing about little town docs
know nothing and have no suggestion. Cosmetic docs
told me know even if i could pay. my legs and arms
are face looks like a sharpei...and my
upper stomach is humongus and even effects... Read more »

reversing lipodystrophy....

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Positive since 2003 full blown aids. Was on Kaletra and combivir. Reached non-detectable, and cd4 rising as expected. Into 3rd year noticing increase in truncal girth. Waist went from 27in. to 32in of hard solid protruding fat. Arms, legs, face... Read more »