Here are some questions to ask your health care provider about how to manage your weight and improve your overall health and fitness.

  • What is a healthy weight range for someone of my age, sex and body type?

  • Are my blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure normal?

  • Am I at risk for cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease or kidney problems?

  • Am I taking an optimal antiretroviral regimen?

  • What is your advice for a healthy diet?

  • What types of food and drinks should I cut down on or avoid?

  • How much physical activity do I need?

  • What types of exercise are best for someone of my age and health status?

  • How much sleep should I get each night?

  • Are there medications that can help me lose weight or shed fat?

  • What is your advice for managing stress, depression and anxiety?

  • What else can I do to improve my overall health and fitness?

For a related POZ Focus article on the challenge of losing weight, read “Managing Weight Gain.”

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