It’s Better To Die Of HIV Than Be Fat?

Weight reduction and muscle throwing away remain significant scientific problems, even in the period of potent antiretroviral therapy. In patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), wasting, particularly lack of metabolically active lean tissue, has been associated with an increase of mortality, accelerated disease progression, loss of muscle protein mass, and impairment of strength and functional status. Factors that may donate to waste include inadequate intake, malabsorptive disorders, metabolic alterations, hypogonadism, and excessive cytokine production. Evidence now demonstrates that dietary counseling and support, appetite stimulants, intensifying resistance training, and anabolic hormones can reverse weight loss and increase lean muscle mass in HIV-infected patients. Worse, by proposing weight loss, the successes loved from the latest advancements in antiretroviral medications could be reversed.

Recent research from Singapore published in HIV Medicine discovered that undernutrition and low BMIs at the time of starting antiretroviral treatments reduced their performance and significantly reduced success. Oh, but they’ll be slim! What does it say about our culture that a trim figure is becoming more important than doing what’s best for the health, standard of living and welfare of people?

Whether it is HIV, cancers, kidney or heart disease, dementia, or countless other medical ailments, letting kids to grow, or giving birth to a baby; fearing body fat can have fatal outcomes. We won’t listen to that from the mainstream press, though. It’s up to us to advocate for ourselves and for every other.

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