Recent Weight Loss

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Internal medicine

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It refers to a recent noticeable drop in body weight that occurs

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Recent weight loss

Possible causes

  • Diabetes mellitus (DM)

    A disease where blood sugar levels are abnormally high, due to problems with insulin production or resistance. There are often no symptoms until the condition has worsened, hence regular screening is important.

  • Helicobacter pylori infection

    Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori, is a bacteria that is commonly found in the stomach of approximately half the world's population.The vast majority of people have no symptoms. However, H. pylori is capable of causing a number of digestive problems, including ulcers and, rarely, stomach cancer. H. pylori bacteria may spread through direct contact with saliva, vomit, feces or contaminated food or water.

  • Cirrhosis of the liver

    A condition where normal liver is permanently damaged and replaced with scar issue. There are many different causes including infections, alcohol abuse and diabetes.

  • Drug-induced nausea and vomiting
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Anorexia nervosa / bulimia nervosa
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Pollakiuria

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you lost weight recently?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

  • Do you have swelling on the front of your neck?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have a fever?

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Medically Reviewed By:

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

GP / Family doctor

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Internal medicine

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