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Treating Lipodystrophy

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Body Shape Changes (Lipodystrophy)

No researcher has suggested that people with lipo should stop taking ART. What Causes Lipo? We do not know what causes lipo. There are different causes for fat loss and fat gain. Fat Loss Zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT) and stavudine (Zerit, d4T) are linked to fat loss. Efavirenz (Sustiva) may also contribute. Fat Gain One theory is that protease inhibitors interfere with the body's processing of fat. However, some patients who have never...
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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
fat, and computed tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are used to document visceral fat accumulation. Treating Lipodystrophy with Growth Hormone ProductsThere are important reasons to develop and study treatments for... Read more »

Serostim for Lipodystrophy

I've read some recent news that Serostim can be used to treat certain forms of Lipodystrophy in addition to general wasting. Is there any truth to this? I am very interested and my Physician doesn't know the answer to this. Thanks so...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

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

The Cutting Edge
Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (rHGH) also known as Serostim, has been used in some trials to determine its effect on lipodystrophy-associated fat gain in the trunk area. At this point in time there is an understanding that reduction of central... Read more »

Rembursment and treatment for Lipodystrophy

Since HIV/AIDS and the medications used to treat it cause many people to suffer from facial lipodystrophy, why isn't Medicare remburseming physicians for treatments such as silicone injections?...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
That is an issue to take up with the Republican administration, I'm afraid. I should tell you that, even in Canada, it is quite difficult to get government reimbursement for such procedures...... Read more »

RAPID lipodystrophy

Why does it seem like there is little new information about how to treat lipo? I am poz 14 years and except for a few blips---0 viral load. Literally in the last month my legs have become incredibly vascular and smaller, my waist has increased by 5...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
I agree that there is still much to learn regarding what is causing lipodystrophy and how to manage it. It is further complicated by the fact that it behaves differently in all people, some experiencing more of the fat loss, some the fat gain and... Read more »
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Lipodystrophy

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I have been diagnosed with lipodystrophy, I have lost a lot of mass on my legs and arms and my stomach is very large in comparison. This seemed to happen overnight. My Dr. completely changed my drug regimen, thinking that my previous regimen was... Read more »

lipodystrophy

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 »