When HIV is under control, you can focus on healthy aging and managing issues that may get in the way. For many people with HIV, one of those issues is having too much visceral adipose tissue (VAT).
Unlike regular fat, which sits just under your skin, VAT is found deeper and surrounds organs. VAT may be hard to recognize during a routine exam with your healthcare provider (HCP). But body measurements can help.
To check for excess VAT, ask your HCP to:
Feel your stomach for firmness
Measure around your waist and hips
Your HCP may consider:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:
Every person is different, so it is important to talk to your HCP about VAT.