Have you been losing weight without trying to? It might be a warning signal that you might be having some fundamental health-related issue.
Plausible Causes of Unexplained Weight Loss
If you have been losing weight without trying, and thus experiencing unexplained weight loss, it could be a sign of an underlying health problem, which could be a sign of a bigger issue. Here are some possible causes of unexplained weight loss:
Hyperthyroidism: An overactive thyroid can cause weight loss, fatigue, and other symptoms; even if you are eating the same amount of food as usual. This is because an overactive thyroid speeds up your metabolism, so your body burns calories more quickly.
Diabetes: Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can cause weight loss, because when your body can't properly use insulin, it can't turn glucose into energy. This can lead to your body breaking down muscle for energy instead, which can lead to weight loss.
Celiac Disease: This autoimmune disease can also cause weight loss, diarrhea, and other GI symptoms.
Medications: Certain medications, such as brain stimulants, chemotherapy drugs, antidepressants, and drugs for type-2 diabetes, can cause weight loss as a side effect.
Stress: Stress can lead to weight loss in a few different ways due to changes in appetite and metabolism. First, it can lead to changes in your eating habits, such as eating fewer meals or eating more junk food. Second, it can lead to changes in your metabolism, such as a faster metabolism or a decrease in the number of calories you burn. Finally, stress can lead to an increase in the amount of the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause your body to store more fat.
Lupus: This chronic autoimmune disease can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including weight loss, fatigue, joint pain, and also unexplained weight loss. If you have lupus, your body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, causing inflammation and damage.
Addison’s disease: This rare disorder can cause weight loss, fatigue, and other symptoms. Addison's disease is actually a rare condition that occurs when your body doesn't produce enough of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol helps regulate metabolism, inflammation, and blood pressure. Symptoms of Addison's disease can include weight loss, fatigue, and low blood pressure.
Cancer: Cancer can cause weight loss due to changes in appetite, metabolism, and tumor growth. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and weight loss is a common symptom of many types of cancer.
COPD: COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a group of diseases that affect your lungs and airways. This lung disease can cause weight loss due to inactivity and difficulty breathing. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, coughing, and fatigue. COPD can also cause weight loss, due to decreased appetite and difficulty eating.
Heart Failure: This is a condition wherein the heart doesn’t pump enough blood for meeting bodily requirements. Heart failure can cause a variety of symptoms, including shortness of breath, fatigue, and also weight loss due to inactivity and changes in appetite.
Dementia: Dementia leads to a declination in a person’s mental ability. Dementia can also cause weight loss due to changes in appetite and metabolism. Symptoms of dementia can include memory loss, confusion, and also weight loss.
Contact 1Health If You Are Experiencing Unexplained Weight Loss
If you have been losing weight without changing your diet or exercise routine, it is important to see a doctor to rule out any potential health problems! Contact 1Health Medical Center today, and get yourself medically examined by our health experts.