Nutritional Management of Lipodystrophy: A Simple Fact Sheet from ATDN

The people at the AIDS Treatment Data Network (ATDN) have developed a series of “Simple Fact Sheets” about treatment and management of HIV. Their fact sheet on “Nutritional Management of Lipodystrophy,” written by an HIV nutritionist at Cabrini Medical Center in New York, covers diet (the right mix of carbohydrates, protein, fruits and vegetables, the right kinds of fats), exercise, and supplements, beginning with a good multivitamin, preferably one that includes a good set of antioxidants. There’s also a description of some supplements that may be useful in reducing lipodystrophy: L-carnitine, NAC, chromium, alpha lipoic acid, B-complex vitamins (niacin may be key among the B vitamins, but the recommendation is to always supplement using a B-complex, since the different B vitamins support one another’s action), and omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil and/or flaxseed).

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