Unexplained weight loss

What is Unexplained Weight Loss?

Unexplained weight loss refers to a significant decrease in body weight that occurs without any apparent cause or explanation. It is typically considered significant when the weight loss is more than 5% of body weight within a span of 6 to 12 months. 

Unexplained weight loss can be a concerning symptom that may indicate an underlying health issue, such as a medical condition or disease. It can be associated with various factors, including changes in metabolism, decreased appetite, increased energy expenditure, nutrient malabsorption, hormonal imbalances, chronic inflammation, or other underlying medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, or mental health conditions. 

Unexplained weight loss can also be related to lifestyle factors such as changes in diet, physical activity levels, or stress. 

When is it necessary to see a doctor?

If you notice significant and unintentional weight loss, it is important to seek medical evaluation for proper diagnosis and management, as it may require further investigation to identify and address the underlying cause.

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