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HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part I: Treatments for Fat Gain

Table of Contents Introduction Treatments for Fat Gain Taking Care of Yourself Introduction Fat is needed for the body to function. It plays an important role inkeeping the skin and hair healthy, protecting body organs, and maintaining bodytemperature. Fat is also stored to use for energy. There are different types of fat found in the body. Visceral fat is locateddeep in the belly under the muscle. Subcutaneous fat is the layer...
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alternative HIV lipodystrophy treatments

I read a lot about various treatments for HIV related lipodystrophy and lipoatrophy. Some of these include Human Growth Hormone and insulin regulators. I've also noticed that a lot of bodybuilders use similar products, some of which are...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
To my knowledge those substances have not been formally studied in the context of HIV-related lipodystrophy. They amount if information available on many of those products in the scientific literature is often limited. There are legitimate safety... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and Treatment During Acute HIV Infection Stage

I was exposed to the HIV virus about 5 weeks ago. I'm now considering antiviral treatment. However, since I've never been on any HIV medication, I would prefer to be on the combination that has the least chance of producing lipodystrophy....
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
The risk of lipoatrophy on any of the meds is low (say <5%) over one year and may be especially low if you are young (<40 yo) and start with a CD4 greater than 200. Limiting use of d4T and protease inhibitors should further limit riskBest... Read more »

lipodystrophy treatment

Do you have any experience or knowledge regarding the use of Avandia in patients who have normal blood sugars to treat central fat accumulation or depletion of facial fat?...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
In a word, nope. This type of drug will combat insulin resistance but has not really been studied in HIV-associated lipodystrophy. One study with a similar drug, metformin, did show good results in terms of insulin resistance, blood pressure,... Read more »

Lipodystrophy Treatment

Hello:On page 54 in the May issue of Poz Magazine, an adult male being interviewed claims:"I also began taking meds that sharply reduced the little subcutaneous body fat that I had."What are the names of these medications?Thanks in advance...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
F,I am unaware of which meds that person is referring to. From the wording you provided it sounds like his HIV meds resulted in loss of subcutaneous body fat (or lipoatrophy) which is not felt to be a good thing. Wasting due to malnutrition/AIDS... Read more »
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LIPODYSTROPHY & vanity

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

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

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
anyone who will talk about this?

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