Weight LossIf you unintentionally lose several pounds you should know that this unexplainable weight loss can be result of several factors. Wight loss can occur if you eat foods with low caloric value and people frequently do this in order to reduce weight. Your general health condition and age have influence on your appetite and decreased appetite leads to weight loss. Another reason for unintentional weight loss could be some underlying condition, which includes weight loss in its symptoms. If you mysteriously drop 10 pounds or more and this is not just temporary, you should do medical checkup.
Causes of Weight LossSudden weight loss can be caused by alterations in diet such as omitting meals or eating less due to busy schedule. Illnesses like infections affect appetite, therefore always cause some loss in body weight. If you exercise intensively, you may lose weight if you don’t substitute lost calories with proper diet.
People with all types of cancer almost always lose many pounds especially if cancer is terminal. Treatment for cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, commonly causes nausea and vomiting, which inevitably leads to weight loss.
Any gastrointestinal disease could be another underlying condition that leads to unexplainable reduction in weight. Such diseases typically have symptoms such as decreased appetite or malabsorption. Malabsorption refers to inhibited absorption of nutrients. Gastrointestinal diseases that cause weight loss could be, for example, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), celiac disease or peptic ulcer disease.
Endocrine disorders can cause loss of weight since they affect endocrine system. People who suffer from diabetes, adrenal insufficiency, hypercalcemia, over active thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or under active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can experience weight loss due to impaired endocrine system.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis, parasites and fungal diseases are some of infections that result in weight loss as well.
Elderly people often unexpectedly lose weight due to altered appetite, and changes in smell and taste.
Many medications both prescribed and over-the-counter drugs may result in weight reduction.
Weight loss can occur because of progressed lung or cardiovascular diseases. This is frequently seen in people affected by congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Neurological illnesses can lead to weight loss. Such illnesses are stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. In this case, weight loss may occur due to difficulty of swallowing or forgetting to eat.
Kidney disease involves nausea, vomiting and elimination of proteins through urine, all of which lead to weight loss.
People who are anxious, depressed and stressed often have decreased appetite and lose weight because of that.