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A 49-year-old member asked:

Could a sudden weight change cause a loss of balance?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Linda Everett
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Dizziness: Abrupt weight loss may result in dehydration due to acute water losses. This can cause dehydration which will cause dizziness manifesting as loss of balance. When dieting, it is important to drink at least half your weight in water in ounces.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Dehydration?: Very rapid weight loss is often dehydration, so hydrate and see your doctor.
Dr. Sasson Moulavi
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Yes : if you are dehydrated or low in sugar or protein you may feel a loss of balance

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can a sudden weight change from diuretic cause a loss of balance?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Diuretics don't get rid of fat, they just cause you to urinate out more water, and can therefore cause dehydration. When you are dehydrated, blood volume is reduced (less water in the bloodstream), so sudden position changes can easily cause a drop in blood pressure ("orthostatic hypotension"), which can cause lightheadedness, loss of balance, and even possibly passing out.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
And diutretics may cause imbalance in sodium and potassium, leading to rhythm disturbance and seizure, so have electrolyes checked, chew some black licorice, banana, or some orange juice.
May 28, 2012
Last updated Apr 22, 2019


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