When I was diagnosed with AIDS last year (July '17) I weighed 150 lbs. Since then I have gained almost 50 lbs. I watched a video on Poz.com about lipodystrophy and I'm wondering if that is what is happening with me.
I have other health issues which keeps me from serious exercise but I do walk 6-10 miles a day for several months and still have not been able to lose more than 6 lbs. I have even improved my diet to add more protein and cut down on carbs and sugars.
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I am really glad I joined this group. I have learned so much more about HIV (which I have) and how to cope with its and its gremlins not to mention the side effects of THE MEDICATION. Thanks to everyone!
Wow...I had a major issue with weight gain. And belly fat. Here I thought I could eat whatever I wanted...yippy ...and so I did.
Over the years I went up to 325 lbs. I was obese. and all around my belly.
I developed type 2 diabetes..for which I was taking up to 60 units a day of insulin and as well Metformin (anyone with diabetes will know what that is). High blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis in my knees and ankles. Couldn't walk long distances... some days the pain was unbearable...
So my Doc suggest having my tubes tied...LOL. In other words Bariatric By-pass Surgery.....So I did....on May 1st. the surgery was successful only two days in the hospital.
To date I have lost....tah... dah a little drum roll please.. (a little dramatic effect..LOL) 115 lbs ..I now weigh 210
I feel great. I eat great ( pretty much a vegetarian now) . I also stay away from carbs/gluten no more bread, pasta and rice. My diabetes is good and I have been taken off insulin. My High blood pressure is good and have been taken off the meds for that. My Arthritis is gone and no more pain... and I can walk for Kilo/miles and Kilo/miles and I do for exercise...I also feel my health is better and will help my HIV.
I am even getting cruised/looks from some men...even some young ones...boy does that help in the self-esteem department...
so that's my take on the belly fat issue..if anyone else has had a similar story...write me...love to hear.
good health and big hugs
As a 42 year old male and a 22 year survior of hiv/aids. My tcells have been as low as 4. I still have to take 7 hiv related meds daily on top of my other meds. Since switching from truvada to descoy, ive really notice more weight gain.
When I first started my HIV medicine I weighted about 170 lbs. At 5'9" I looked pretty good. After started meds and anti depressants, I'm up to 235 +/-. I've maintained that weight for years. I used to walk a minimum of 5 miles a day, now just outside to the barn to feed horses. I want to start exercising again but lack motivation. If I can get below 200 lbs, I'd be happy. All I get from doctor is be happy. I wished I could find a group for walking, I'm not a gym goer.
I have been told by others that I look better since I began gaining weight but it seems to be concentrated in the stomach area. I did some research online after watching the video earlier and saw that there is a drug, Tesamorelln, that can be helpful with the condition. I'm not scheduled to meet with my ID for another two months so I think I will discuss it with my PCP to see if he thinks that would be beneficial to me.
Thanks for the reply; it is nice to know there are others in the fight with you!