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Dr. Carson Liu
195 Doctors shared insights

Unexplained Weight Loss (Overview)

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 is pulled out of..


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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

Dr. Carson Liu
195 Doctors shared insights

Unexplained Weight Loss (Overview)

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 is pulled out of..


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Losing Weight (Checklist)

Visit your primary care physician to check your general health
Yearly
Drink half your weight in ounces of water
Daily
Consult a nutritionist if you're unsure of healthy food choices
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Eat on a regular basis (3 meals, 2 snacks) to avoid excessive hunger
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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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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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How much unexplained weight loss is concerning?

How much unexplained weight loss is concerning?

Not hard and fast: There is no hard and fast rule, but if unintended weight loss is 5% or more of the person's body weight, it warrants an investigation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Managing Hair Loss (Checklist)

Eat foods high in protein, low in sugars
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Don't tie your hair too tightly
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Use deep oil conditioning at least weekly
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Unexplained weight loss in one week. Delighted but is that ok?

Unexplained weight loss in one week. Delighted but is that ok?

Weight loss: I wouldn't worry too much about short-term weight loss over the course of one week. It really depends on your diet during the week as well as any fluid shifts or water loss. If this trend continues then you should see your dr. Many people will lose a significant amount of weight when it gets hot but this only represents water loss. ...Read more

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Large unexplained weight loss severe back and right side painm?

Large unexplained weight loss severe back and right side painm?

See MD ASAP: Any significant weight loss that is unexpected should be diagnosed by an md immediately. Good luck! ...Read more

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Living with Memory Loss (Checklist)

Get a Durable Power of Attorney for your health and finances
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Write down important phone numbers and post them in more than one place
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Give your Durable Power of Attorney a list of your medications and doctors' names
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What is the definition or description of: Unexplained weight loss?

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

Unexplained wt loss.: 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 is pulled out of.. ...Read more

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Is unexplained weight loss (about 5kg over a year plus) a cause for worry?

Is unexplained weight loss (about 5kg over a year plus) a cause for worry?

Yes: It depends on your age and dietary and life style factors, as well your current health condition. Higher the age, risk of cancer is high. ...Read more

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss (Checklist)

Find and attend a support group
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Consider meeting with a therapist with your spouse
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Talk with family and friends about how you are feeling
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Living with Hearing Loss (Checklist)

Get and use appropriate hearing aids if possible
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Be patient with yourself
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Learn sign language with some of your family members if hearing loss is severe
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See an audiologist regularly for new suggestions
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Please help. I am concern with my unexplained weight loss. Last march 23 my weight is 56.5, april23 - 54, may23 - 55, june19 - 55kilos, I'm worried?

Please help. I am concern with my unexplained weight loss. Last march 23 my weight is 56.5, april23 - 54, may23 - 55, june19 - 55kilos, I'm worried?

See a doctor: A 1.5 kg weight loss over 3 months does not sound that serious, esp. Since you've regained a kg over the past 2 months. It may well be nothing serious but there is no way any doctor here can know without much more information. There are many possible causes of weight loss. Thus, it is reasonable for you to see a good doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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
1,999 Doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Milroy Samuel
24 Doctors shared insights

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