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Ways To Treat 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
Hi,The best source for current information about lipodystrophy (lipoatrophy and lipohypertrophy) should be your HIV specialist physician. Treatment options depend on your specific case. There is current information on treatment options on this site... Read more »

dealing with lipodystrophy

What are the best ways to reduce the effects of lipodystrophy? I have gained weight, but it is all fat on my back, neck, chest and abdomen. I think I have had some wasting in my legs and arms. What can I do?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Well many issues go into the equation (age, time with HIV, how long on meds, how well you are doing on meds, which meds, any other issues -- ie high cholesterol or glucose). There are numerous studies soon to be launched trying to better understand... Read more »

wasting vs. lipodystrophy

How is the wasting syndrome related to lipodystrophy? Is the bottom line, in both cases, the same? Can they be treated with the same drugs (HGH, testosterone, oxandrin)?...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
Lipodystrophy relates to three components: hyperlipidemia (high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood), insulin resistance (high blood sugars), fat redistribution (either fat accumulation or fat wasting in specific body areas). This... Read more »

Lipodystrophy without having HIV

My female friend of 59 yrs has been suffering with an enlarged abdomen for the last 6 years and has now been told after many scans that fatty tissues are surrounding all of her main organs and nothing can be done for her. When she was 18 yrs she...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I am very sorry to hear of her problem. What you describe has nothing to do with HIV, although it may be related in some remote way to what we see as fat distribution problems associated with HIV and/or its treatment. This is very difficult to... 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 »

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 »

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 »