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Wasting Syndrome

Hormone levels can affect the metabolism. HIV seems to change some hormone levels including testosterone and thyroid. Also, cytokines play a role in wasting. Cytokines are proteins that produce inflammation to help the body fight infections. People with HIV have very high levels of cytokines. This makes the body produce more fats and sugars, but less protein. Unfortunately, these factors can work together to create a "downward spiral." For...
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Treatment questions for wasting syndrome

I had been diagnosed with AIDS wasting for 3 years now but never knew why except for the symptoms that I was experiencing. My doctor had put me on injections of Testratone and Deca-Doublin every two weeks as well as Oxandrian. My symptoms went away...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Dear Russell,Before you do anything else, get to see the eye doctor ASAP!Seeing spots can be very dangerous! The kidney problem is an unusual one and not likely to be caused by the medication. You did not mention your T cells and viral load though.... Read more »

Exercise vs wasting syndrome

I have a question about exercise & nutrition versus wasting syndrome. First my last labs/dr visitwas 1/9 of this year. CD4 was 600, vl undetectable. I am a male, 5'8, slight build and all my adultlife weighed 145 until 5 years ago when I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Eating healthy/exercising and carrying an appropriate (not excessive) weight makes sense for most patients even in the context of HIV infection. KH... Read more »

Can Wasting Syndrome be reversed?

My best friend has suffered from wasting syndrome for two years and his doctors keep telling him that they don't know what's wrong with him. His blood work is all normal. His major organ functions are all normal(heart, liver, kidneys,...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
If I was losing weight involuntarily with a calorie intake of over 2000 calories a day (I am assuming your friend is eating well), I would talk to my doctor to have my liver blood flow checked to detect any potential hepatic portal hypertension.... Read more »

NEW MEDICATION FOR WASTING SYNDROME

I WAS DIAGNOSED HIV+ SEVEN YRS AGO. MY DOCTOR HAS DIAGNOSED ME WITH WASTING SYNDROME AND HE SAID IT IS BECAUSE OF THE MEDICATION (CRIXIVAN, ZERIT, AND EPIVIR). A FRIEND OF MINE HEARD ABOUT A NEW MEDICATION TO TREAT THIS CONDITION, PUBLISHED IN POZ...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
I read POZ regularly. I am not aware of a new medication to treat wasting. We do have several approved medications for wasting including anabolic steroids such as oxandrolone as well as appetite stimulants and growth hormone. If you find out... Read more »
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Wasting---help me

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I'm sorry to come on board, but I need help. My husband is wasting away. He's newly on meds, but not gaining. It seems as though his buttcheeks are completely gone. I don't know what to do.

I'm afraid. He's down to 120 and losing despite putting... Read more »

Wasting Symptoms

Posted by Anonymous
Here it goes, I read on one of the sites sent from this one that one of the first things you notice about HIV+ folks is the loss of fat from the cheek bones, arms, and legs. The video didn't say whether this happens quickly or only after HIV+ folks... Read more »

Wasting Worries

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Ok. Haven't had really any "symptoms" of HIV. But, it seems like over the last year since my posible exposure, I have lost mass in my legs and arms while gaining weight at my midsection. My cheeks are sunken in as well.

2 questions.

Is it... Read more »