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Why do some people lose their appetite while sick?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: It depends what type

Of sickness.
There are many different reasons illness can lead to appetite loss. Anything from a common cold to cancer can lead to weight loss, each for a different reason. For example, with a cold, your body may be shifting more of its workload to fighting off the illness, slowing gastric emptying, where as some people with late stage cancer can have hormonal or physiologic cachexia. Just depends.

In brief: It depends what type

Of sickness.
There are many different reasons illness can lead to appetite loss. Anything from a common cold to cancer can lead to weight loss, each for a different reason. For example, with a cold, your body may be shifting more of its workload to fighting off the illness, slowing gastric emptying, where as some people with late stage cancer can have hormonal or physiologic cachexia. Just depends.
Dr. Robert Kent
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