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What can cause sudden weight loss?

What can cause sudden weight loss?

Sudden weight loss: There are many medical conditions that can cause sudden weight loss. For example and over-active thyroid, stomach and bowel issues, and the list goes on.How much weight are you losing and how long has it been going on. Of course you must see your doctor to discuss this. ...Read more

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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 can cause loss of weight?

What can cause loss of weight?

Caloric burn intake: This is a very broad question. Most common reason for weight loss is intaking fewer calories than are burned. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden excessive weight gain?

What can cause sudden excessive weight gain?

Weight gain: This is a great article about reasons for unintentional weight gain: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003084.htm ...Read more

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How can diabetes cause weight loss?

How can  diabetes cause weight loss?

Dehydration &ketosis: Sugar is an osmotic diuretic.Diabetes causes increased sugar in your urine.This causes the patient to loose too much water causing significant weight loss. Due to abnormal metabolisum the patient becomes catabolic breaking down othersources of calories causing ketosis.Increased ketones reduce appetite. ...Read more

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Can weight loss can cause gout?

Can weight loss can cause gout?

Weight loss & gout.: Both rapid weight loss, which is not advised anyway, along with the high protein diet that usually accompanies a weight loss strategy, can lead to an attack of gout. Drink lots of water to minimize the risk. ...Read more

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Can masturbation cause weight loss or anaemia?

Can masturbation cause weight loss or anaemia?

No: Anybody who told you this is simply ignorant. Both conditions are serious and need a work up. ...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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Can constipation cause weight loss?

Can constipation cause weight loss?

No: It won't cause weight loss but it will deplete water, electrolytes, and increase risk of infection and intestinal damage. ...Read more

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Can cancer itself cause weight loss?

Can cancer itself cause weight loss?

Yes: Tumor cachexia is a condition usually seen in patients with advanced cancer that results in loss of lean body mass. Part of it is due to decreased caloric intake but there is also a hypercatabolic state mediated by certain substances produced by the cancer. Of course, organ damage (like liver) due to the cancer also contributes. ...Read more

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Can shingles cause weight loss?

Can shingles cause weight loss?

Shingles: I am unaware that shingles causes weight loss specifically. However, if you have chronic pain from it that will cause weight loss. ...Read more

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Can gastroparesis cause weight loss?

Can gastroparesis cause weight loss?

Yes in advanced stag: Malnutrition due to poor absorption of nutrients or a low calorie intake suggest eating six small meals a day instead of three large ones. When a person has severe symptoms, a liquid or puréed diet may be prescribed. ...Read more

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Can pancreatitis cause weight loss?

Can pancreatitis cause weight loss?

Yes: Especially if chronic, you can lose weight. This can occur even in the face of maintaining your regular intake. ...Read more

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What can cause a teenager to lose hair and weight loss?

What can cause a teenager to lose hair and weight loss?

Many Reasons: There are many reasons that a teenager may be experiencing hair and weight loss. The possibilities range from stress, hormonal imbalance, anxiety, thyroid problems, anorexia and many more. A thorough history and physical evaluation should be done by a physician. ...Read more

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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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What could cause rapid weight loss and trouble sleeping?

What could cause rapid weight loss and trouble sleeping?

Several things: Multiple possibilities: including hyperthyroidism and also drug abuse involving stimulants like methamphetamine. Sometimes opiates like heroin if the person is not getting a steady supply. Also severe agitated depression, and some anxiety disorders. Have seen some psychoses be like this also -- schizophrenia & mania. The person may not feel eating is necessary, or hyperactivity is extreme. ...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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Can Dilantin cause weight loss?

Can Dilantin cause weight loss?

Usually reverse: More typical would be weight gain, but less frequently, might see loss of appetite, especially in liver toxicity, with some degree of weight loss. ...Read more

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What can cause hair loss?

What can cause hair loss?

Many...: There are many possible causes of hair loss. Hair loss can be caused by a medication, physical or emotional stress, anemia, thyroid disease, hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases or simply age/genetic. Your doctor will help you determine the reason for the loss. When it's due to aging, we can treat it with rogaine (minoxidil). ...Read more

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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