Symptoms of Lipodystrophy Syndrome and its Treatments

Only a quite number of people are familiar with lipodystrophy syndrome or what is commonly referred to as “lipo.” Its name suggests what the disease is all about; “lipo” is fat and dystrophy which means poor development. There are three common occurrences that take place when you are afflicted by this ailment. You might lose fats in your face, arms or around your legs. In some cases, fats develop usually in the nape or the breasts area. Lastly, there will be changes in your metabolism. Your cholesterol may soar high and you may obtain insulin resistance.

 

The researchers are still trying to find out what the possible causes of lipodystrophy syndrome are. There can be lots of reasons why people lose and/or gain fat, and at present the doctors are still at a loss. It has been linked to HIV. This is because a big percentage of the people who are diagnosed with it have been found to be undergoing various types of antiretroviral therapy or ART. It was originally called “Crix belly” as it was observed in individuals who were taking Crixivan which is a protease inhibitor.

 

There are a number of symptoms of lipodystrophy syndrome. Depending on the changes that may occur to you, the warning signs may differ.  Most of the time, the face, arms and legs grow thin because the subcutaneous fats are lost. After it loses, the fat will reappear on other parts of the body. Other times, your skin will dry and it I probable that your lips would crack. You will lose significant amount of weight without trying. Often, the veins obtrude and most people would just brush it off as a mere varicose veins. At some point, a woman’s breast may be plumper. This could happen in men too who are afflicted with the disease even if they do not weight much.

 

There are a number of treatments that are being offered to people who have lipodystrophy syndrome. For fat loss, they can have implants or ask their doctors to give them a shot of appropriate drugs in the form of injection. However, patients must expect that it will cost much and of course, there will always be some risks. Fat that are gained can be taken out through surgical operations such as liposuction. If the patient can stop his intake of antiretroviral drugs, it will also be extremely helpful.

 

Lipodystrophy syndrome must be dealt with at once even if it is not really fatal. This is because of the harmful effects of the changes that take place to your body. Most likely, it will affect how you perform your daily tasks. For instance, a buffalo hump to your nape can cause frequent headaches. In addition, it will trigger breathing difficulties and lack of sleep. Plumper breasts can also bring pain and/or discomforts. If you have even one of the abovementioned symptoms and if you suspect that you have lipodystrophy syndrome, you must go to your doctor immediately and have yourself examined.


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