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Doctor insights on: Unexplained Weight Loss In Men Over 50

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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. 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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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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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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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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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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Unexplained weight loss==is it always cancer or something bad?

Unexplained weight loss==is it always cancer or something bad?

Depends on health.: This is a nonspecific finding that can mean several things. It could be cancer, or diabetes, of infection, or something else. Hyperthyroidism can do it. It also can be due to metabolism pills for weight loss. Other symptoms, and findings can point to a cause. It would be wise to see your doctor to find an explanation. ...Read more

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What point should you go to the doctor for unexplained weight loss?

What point should you go to the doctor for unexplained weight loss?

5 pounds: If there has been absolutely no change in your diet, alcohol consumption, medications, or activity level, a greater than 5 lbs of unintentional weight loss is of concern and warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I go, if I'm having unexplained weight loss. Thank you :)?

What kind of doctor should I go, if I'm having unexplained weight loss. Thank you :)?

Internist: You can start with your internist who can take history, examine you and order appropriate bloodwork as initial work up. ...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

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How much weight do you have to lose to have what would be called "unexplained weight loss"?

How much weight do you have to lose to have what would be called "unexplained weight loss"?

More than 5-10 lbs.: Losing more than 5-10 pounds without changing your diet, increasing your exercise, and/or due to increased stress could signal a problem. It can be caused by malabsorption, thyroid disease, tapeworm, cancer, etc. Consult a physician immediately to identify the possible sources of the weight loss. ...Read more

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Unexplained weight loss? Losing 30 pounds in a year span with no excerise or diet, is that normal? Could it be anxiety?

Unexplained weight loss? Losing 30 pounds in a year span with no excerise or diet, is that normal? Could it be anxiety?

Yes, it could.: First, rule out physical. Depression or anxiety both have the shared symptom of unexplained and undesired weight loss or gain. Something in your system is working overtime. Of course, it can certainly be related to other health problems. If the undesired loss of weight is a function of an ongoing low-grade emotional problem, an adult may benefit from asking, "Is something 'eating away' at me? " ...Read more

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Could excess and anxiety cause unexplained weight loss? I don't now what else it can be because I'm eating normally but keep losing weight.

Could excess and anxiety cause unexplained weight loss? I don't now what else it can be because I'm eating normally but keep losing weight.

It is not clear: What you mean by excess. Anxiety can cause weight loss, but if you were my client and you had a sudden weight loss with no other significant changes, I would encourage you to see your physician and check for other reasons. It could be a reaction to the mess or another illness. Check it out and let us know what you discover. ...Read more

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I have regular dizziness and unexplained weight loss what do I have, what to do?

I have regular dizziness and unexplained weight loss what do I have, what to do?

See doctor: You need to see your doctor for a check up to find out what's going on. ...Read more

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Bowel changes and unexplained weight loss. What should I do?

Bowel changes and unexplained weight loss. What should I do?

See a GI specialist: Could be something minor but given those combination of symptoms, I would want to do a colonoscopy +/- upper endoscopy too. ...Read more

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Please help! I am having regular dizziness and unexplained weight loss what do I have?

Please help! I am having regular dizziness and unexplained weight loss what do I have?

See a trusted doctor: Unexplained weight loss and dizziness both are good reasons to be checked out. Most of the time its a fixable problem. ...Read more

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Rib pain on left side feeling nausated but I haven thrown up and unexplained weight loss?

Rib pain on left side feeling nausated but I haven thrown up and unexplained weight loss?

Doctor can evaluate: Such symptoms can be due to a variety of illnesses, from viral infections to stomach acidity, to pancreatic diseases, plus some others... One can start with a primary care doctor, who can get the details and do an exam. The doctor may order some blood, urine, and xray tests, as needed. ...Read more

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I have changed my diet completly and walk 2-3 miles a week. I have lost 60 lbs since march. Does that sound like unexplained weight loss? ?

I have changed my diet completly and walk 2-3 miles a week. I have lost 60 lbs since march. Does that sound like unexplained weight loss? ?

No: That sounds like weight loss due to lifestyle change. Increasing your activity level to moderate activity level and improving your diet (and ultimately lowering your daily calorie intake) have allowed you to have healthy successful weight loss, not unexplained weight loss!

congratulations and keep your activity level high, add some strength training to your current activity & continue to lose! ...Read more

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Unexplained weight loss of 58 pounds in 3 years. Drs found giardia. Able to gain weight when treated. Then lost weight again. No more giardias.

Unexplained weight loss of 58 pounds in 3 years. Drs found giardia. Able to gain weight when treated. Then lost weight again. No more giardias.

Weight Loss: I understand your distress.
Commend yourself for concern about Health,
Your weight is affected by your calorie intake, nutrient absorption, activity level and overall health.
See a Physician for possible diagnosis of Coeliac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Peptic Ulcer, Ulcerative Colitis, Hyperthyroidism; and have treatment.
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy and Medication for depression.


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What can I do for my unexplained weight loss without going to a doctor?

See a doctor: Unexplained weight loss can be due to a number of factors: inflammatory disease, infectious diseases, malnutrition, or even serious conditions like cancer. None of these can be treated without a thorough evaluation by a healthcare professional. Unexplained weight loss is usually not a good thing: get it checked out and soon. ...Read more

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Unexplained weight loss, and tiredness. Should I be afraid of what doctor might find?

Unexplained weight loss, and tiredness. Should I be afraid of what doctor might find?

Need to find answer: You should be appropriately concerned, but not afraid. I'm sure you are afraid of the worst case scenario, but fatigue and weight loss can be caused by many things, most of which are treatable, but you can't be treated til you know what it is, do go find out. ...Read more

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Bowel changes and unexplained weight loss. What kind of doctor should I see?

Bowel changes and unexplained weight loss. What kind of doctor should I see?

First, primary care: Many different conditions can cause bowel changes leading to weight loss. Various diseases of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, stomach and small or large intestines can cause nutrient malabsorption, diarrhea and weight loss. I would recommend starting with a primary doctor who can order relevant tests. Then they can refer to a gastroenterologist specialist, as needed, for more extensive testing. ...Read more

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Why does unexplained weight loss occurs in people living with HIV?

Why does unexplained weight loss occurs in people living with HIV?

Cytokines: Weight loss occurs with many diseases, e.g. tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, cancers, hyperthyroidism etc. Part of the weight loss is cause by release of cytokines by inflammatory cells. ...Read more

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37 year old female with unexplained weight loss and fatigue. What could it be?

37 year old female with unexplained weight loss and fatigue. What could it be?

Seek medical care: The symptoms which you describe can pertain to many things. Fatigue (tired) can be the result of anything from lack of sleep to imbalance of hormones to infectious/inflammatory processes and so much more. Coupled with weight loss, you could have a more serious condition than aforementioned. It is advisable you seek medical care. ...Read more

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I am 51 year old male and am suffering unexplained weight loss and sudden loss of appetite?

I am 51 year old male and am suffering unexplained weight loss and sudden loss of appetite?

Go see your doctor!: Unexplained weight loss +/- loss of appetite needs to be evaluated. In this age group, we start worrying about colon cancer. Upper endoscopy to investigate stomach (for possible cause of loss of appetite) can be easily done at same time as colonoscopy (screening for colon cancer). Your family doctor can refer you to gastroenterologist for testing after checking for hyperthyroidism. Good luck! ...Read more

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Unexplained weight loss, swollen gland, and tiredness/ scared to be seen. What should I do?

Be seen: No matter how scared you feel, you owe it to yourself to get examined by your primary care doctor. Many things when they're diagnosed early are easily treatable and curable. So it's always a good idea to be seen sooner rather than later. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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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
195 Doctors shared insights

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