Unintentional weight loss

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Yoshinori Abe

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

Unintentional weight loss is when one loses weight without changing the diet or exercise routine.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Unintentional 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.

  • Anemia

    Anemia is a disorder in which the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen due to insufficient healthy red blood cells. There are several types anemia with various causes, the most common being iron-deficiency anemia which is a result of insufficient iron. Iron is required to produce haemoglobin, a substance in the red blood cells which help carry oxygen.

  • Dehydration
  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Colon cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you had unintentional weight loss of more than 2 kgs in a month?

  • 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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