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Why does diabetes cause unexplained weight loss?

Why does diabetes cause unexplained weight loss?

In a new case...: In a brand new case of diabetes, especially type 1, people experience excessive thirst, excessive hunger, and excessive urination. Their blood sugar is high, and they "spill" this sugar into the urine. The weight loss can be attributed to this calorie loss, but also to volume depletion, i.e., dehydration. Most type 2 diabetics present more gradually, and will typically be overweight or obese. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What could cause unintentional weight loss?

What could cause unintentional weight loss?

Wt. Loss: Metabolic causes such as abnormal thyroid, medications such as stimulants, emotional such as depression. ...Read more

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I am experiencing unintentional weight loss.

I am experiencing unintentional weight loss.

Get seen soon!: Unintentional weight loss can have many causes. It's impossible to determine what is causing this without further history, incl. A food diary, current medication and supplement use, a good physical &, if needed, appropriate testing. The cause may be something simple: low caloric intake or thyroid hormone abnormality or something more serious: tuberculosis or cancer (far less likely). See MD soon! ...Read more

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Is unintentional weight loss not due to dieting something to worry about?

Is unintentional weight loss not due to dieting something to worry about?

Keep calorie log: Unexplained weight loss is a great concern and sometimes a hard thing to pin down. I would see your doctor if this has been going of for awhile and continues. Make sure you are eating enough and maybe do a calorie count and share that with your doctor. Sometimes depression can be associated with poor eating habits and weight loss ensues. Get checked out. ...Read more

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Why and how do some conditions cause unintentional weight loss?

Why and how do some conditions cause unintentional weight loss?

Unrelated conditions: Such weight loss could potentially result from an unrelated condition. Your symptom of blood in the stool should be addressed by consultation with a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Need help. Is 20lbs (unintentional) weight loss in a year a lot?

Need help. Is 20lbs (unintentional) weight loss in a year a lot?

Yes: If truly unintentional without any known change in diet or exercise habits, it should be discussed w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Unintentional weight loss?

What is the definition or description of: Unintentional weight loss?

Unplanned wt loss: Weight loss that occurs that was not intended. Or in other words, there was no change in daily routine, exercise level, or eating habits yet the person continued to lose weight. ...Read more

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Is unintentional weight loss of 4-5 pounds over 5 weeks cause for concern?

Is unintentional weight loss of 4-5 pounds over 5 weeks cause for concern?

Weight Loss: Nope. Unless you are already underweight. A four to five pound weight fluctuation is normal in many people. ...Read more

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Gluteal wasting with unintentional weight loss?

Gluteal wasting with unintentional weight loss?

Get checked ASAP: Unintentional wt loss means loss of wt despite keepng all normal/usual diet and activities--no intention of losin wt--and so this is not normal. I would suggest consulting doc as soon as possible to find out what is causing the wt loss. In the meantime, try to increase intake to combat the excessive loss. Ensure/boost supplements may help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Gluteal wasting and unintentional weight loss. Is there a connection?

Gluteal wasting and unintentional weight loss. Is there a connection?

Unintentional weight: This could be serious. Muscle wasting together with unintentional weight loss could indicate cancer.Immediate visit to your family doctor is required for further investigation! ...Read more

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If I have 27 pounds of unintentional weight loss within last 4months does that mean cancer has spread through my body if I do have cancer but unsure?

If I have 27 pounds of unintentional weight loss within last 4months does that mean cancer has spread through my body if I do have cancer but unsure?

No, unintentional: Weight loss does not necessarily mean you have cancer. There are other possibilities for the cause of this. The only way to know is to visit your doctor. He/she will help you determine what is happening and provide guidance. Please see your doc soon. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Unintentional weight loss. Does that mean cancer or just the heat?

Unintentional weight loss. Does that mean cancer or just the heat?

Any one who: Has tried to lose weight knows how hard it is. Dieting, exercise; you work hard; no change in weight. So, if pounds beging to fall off effortlessly, you may want to ask why. There are benign causes, but it is cardinal sign of cancer, and >10% wt loss conveys poor prognosis. ...Read more

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Is there an association between unintentional weight loss and cysts on face?

Is there an association between unintentional weight loss and cysts on face?

Doubtful: If your diet has changed because of acne-and you are avoiding fats-maybe. ...Read more

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Is 5% (unintentional) weight loss in a year enough to suggest a thyroid problem?

Is 5% (unintentional) weight loss in a year enough to suggest a thyroid problem?

Could be: Thyroid problems or others. Hard to say without knowing more about you or if you have other symptoms. The only way to rule out thyroid problem is to get a blood test. ...Read more

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Can having a food allergy cause 30 pounds of unintentional weight loss in 4 months?

Can having a food allergy cause 30 pounds of unintentional weight loss in 4 months?

Not Usually: Food allergies typically cause hives, swelling, rapid crampy vomiting or diarrhea within 15-30 min of eating the food, difficulty breathing or anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction resulting in decreased blood pressure and circulatory collapse). If you have lost that much weight you should see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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My breasts have gone down a bra size and I haven't lost allot of weight, why? What could cause unintentional weight loss in my chest?

My breasts have gone down a bra size and I haven't lost allot of weight, why? What could cause unintentional weight loss in my chest?

Fat is fat: When you actively lose weight, you burn up fat stores in your body -- and one of the important fat stores in women is their breasts. Try directing your exercise at your abdomen, which is where most women try to lose the weight and increase the muscle. ...Read more

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Can me/cfs actually cause unintentional weight loss to the pt of anorexia?

Can me/cfs actually cause unintentional weight loss to the pt of anorexia?

Yes: By cfs I guess you mean chronic fatigue syndrome.This is a difficult disease in that we do not know the cause and our treatment is symptomatic at best. I'd suggest depression is part of the problem, either as a consequence or an inciting factor. Weight change in depression is common. ...Read more

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I am experiencing unintentional weight loss and irregular menstrual periods.

I am experiencing unintentional weight loss and irregular menstrual periods.

Need to see doc.: Unintentional weight loss is always a concerning finding that requires and evaluation and testing coordinated by your local doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having abdominal pains, extreme loss of appetite, and extreme unintentional weight loss), what should I expect?

I'm having abdominal pains, extreme loss of appetite, and extreme unintentional weight loss), what should I expect?

GO SEE A DOCTOR: What you're describing does not belong in an online medical chat, but in a clinic with a doctor and diagnostic labs and imaging! ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause 30 pounds of unintentional weight loss in 4 months and loss of appetite?

Can anxiety cause 30 pounds of unintentional weight loss in 4 months and loss of appetite?

Possibly but. .: Severe untreated anxiety or mood disorders can cause significant weight loss but it's quite uncommon, especially when you are taking about 30lbs in 4 months. You need to see your doctor urgently to better evaluate you for other organic causes of which are many. I wouldn't delay this as you even if you don't have a more concerning organic cause of your symptoms then you need to addres your anxiety! ...Read more

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I have a mass on my 3rd and 4th rib, I have unintentional weight loss, no appetite, and abdomenal pain?

I have a mass on my 3rd and 4th rib, I have unintentional weight loss, no appetite, and abdomenal pain?

Why the wait?: You need to be seen, have history and physical exam by your doctor, it can be something minor, but you need to be seen, as you may need some blood/imaging studies too, best wishes ...Read more

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What does moderate distention Of the urinary bladder mean? Can it cause 30lbs of unintentional weight loss?

What does moderate distention Of the urinary bladder mean? Can it cause 30lbs of unintentional weight loss?

No, not related: Distention of the bladder is simply a medical term to say that the bladder is moderately full of urine. We use it when we are evaluating a symptom of urine retention, abdominal discomfort or enlargement. It is often part of a test/x-ray report which you may have had. Thirty pounds of unintentional weight loss in a 21 year old is significant! Keep working on finding the answer. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Carson Liu
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Unexplained Weight Loss (Definition)

32 M asks What is the definition or description of: Unexplained weight loss? ANS: weight loss that cannot be explained by any detailed medical history, detailed physical exam and laboratory testing for every known cause. So a very expensive diagnosis to arrive at due to the many tests that must be done to exclude every possible cause. Often used as a waste basket diagnosis. That ...Read more