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Dr. David Earle
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Unexplained Weight Loss (Definition)

Unexplained weight loss is any significant amount of weight loss not due to intentional dieting or weight loss efforts.

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What could cause unexplained weight loss?

What could cause unexplained weight loss?

Lots of things: Please see your doctor about this right away. The possibilities include some form of chronic disease be it intestinal, thyroid, cancer, depression, etc. The list is very lengthy and you need an evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
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Exercise more (Tip)

Exercise more

Unexplained weight loss is not a good thing. ...See more

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Losing Weight (Checklist)

Eat moderate portions
Once
Eat a balanced diet
Once
Minimize or avoid junk food
Once
Avoid fast food
Once
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Will unexplained weight loss kill me if I don't get treatment?

Will unexplained weight loss kill me if I don't get treatment?

Possible: Hi, you need to have a full history and physical exam, also an eval of the stresses in your life. You need to have a diagnosis, unexplained weight loss is a symptom not really a diagnosis. Yes, its true that unexplained wt. Loss could be a sign of a lethal disease such as some types of cancer.But, an experienced physician may find that your weight loss has an explanation and is treatable/curable. ...Read more

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My dad is experiencing unexplained weight loss despite his cured lung cancer. please suggest how to increase it.his appetite is fine?

My dad is experiencing unexplained weight loss despite his cured lung cancer. please suggest how to increase it.his appetite is fine?

Cancer: You have listed lung cancer with bone metastasis. This is not curable. What treatments did he have? why are you under the impression that he was "cured"? The unexplained or unintentional weight loss is due to cancer (consumption disease) until proven otherwise. Return to your oncologist for workup. ...Read more

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Back pain (Tip)

Back pain

Tell your md if you have history of cancer, fevers, unexplained weight loss, trauma. ...See more

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Losing Weight (Checklist)

Keep track of everything you eat
Daily
Start aerobic exercise
30 Min, Daily, forever
Increase exercise as tolerated
60 Min, Once, forever
Early on, visit your primary care physician to check general health
Yearly
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Hi my name is Bryant i am having a health concern i am noticing unexplained weight loss is it a bad thing and should i be worried ?

Hi my name is Bryant i am having a health concern i am noticing unexplained weight loss is it a bad thing and should i be worried ?

Mgt/workup: This is potentially very serious and a further evaluation is needed. A virtual consult appointment can be made to review your medical history. I would recommend a TB test, monitoring your temperature and noting any lymph node swelling. A workup will include a CBC, diff, plt blood count. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Unintentional Weight Loss (Definition)

Unintentional weight loss is any loss of body mass that was not due to intentional dieting or weight-loss, ...Read more

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