Typically, when people gain weight, they mostly add subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT). This is the “regular” fat that is soft or doughy and sits just under your skin.
Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) is a type of fat that lies deeper, mostly in your abdomen (stomach) area. VAT can be found around organs, such as your heart, liver, and pancreas. Excess VAT may also be associated with fat build up in organs. At normal levels, VAT is not an issue.
When HIV is under control, you can focus on healthy aging and managing issues that may get in the way. For many people who are treated for HIV, excess VAT may be one of those issues. Your HCP can check if VAT may be a problem for you.