If you are HIV-positive, it is critical to monitor your body composition regularly. Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) is a quick and painless way to monitor your body composition and measure muscle mass. Physical changes which result in losing muscle tissue and gaining fat are common occurrences in HIV infection, and they may be caused by the infection itself or by medications. You may continue to weigh the same, despite feeling tired or even changing appearance. If your muscle mass is less than optimal, there are several ways to promote muscle growth.
Interested HIV-positive persons may call ASA and have this procedure done at no cost. BIA testing is recommended every 4-6 months as part of your ongoing medical management. For an appointment, please call 406-6140.
-- Mary Miller, RD, LD, Nutritionist
-- Sandy Bartlett, Community Information/Education Coordinator AIDS Services of Austin
ASA Info Line: 458-AIDS E-mail: ASA@fc.net