Losing a few pounds is normal, but there are some health conditions that can cause unexplained weight loss.
You might want to lose weight through some diet modification and frequent exercise. But it’s not normal if you start losing a significant amount of weight without any major lifestyle modifications.
What this means is that you are eating the same amount of food and doing the same physical activities that you normally do, yet, you are losing a significant amount of weight.
Although weight loss might be a feat to many, an unexplained drop in weight is not something you should take for granted. As a matter of fact, unexplained weight loss of more than 5 percent in less than a year may signal an underlying medical condition.
Also, rapid weight loss at any point in time of your life should be taken as a serious warning sign, and you must see a physician immediately for an examination.
Keep in mind that early detection leads to more successful treatment. This article highlights ten health conditions that can cause unexplained weight loss.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that causes high blood glucose level, either as a result of insufficient insulin production or inability of the body to respond properly to insulin.
It is a very common reason behind unexplained weight loss.
There are two reasons for weight loss in a diabetic individual: excessive water loss due to frequent urination and inability of the body to absorb glucose from the blood.
Also, due to the inability of the body to metabolize sugar effectively, the body starts burning fat and muscle for energy causing a drop in overall body weight.
A study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research reveals that severe weight loss is common in type 1 and 2 diabetes that remains undetected for a long period (1).
Other symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, intense hunger, excessive thirst, excess fatigue, cuts, and bruises not healing and a tingling sensation in the feet and/or hands.
2. Stomach Ulcer
People suffering from stomach ulcer also experience unexplained weight loss. It is even a more prominent sign in many people.
Stomach ulcer which is a type of peptic ulcer, is a sore or lesion that develops in the lining of the stomach or the upper portion of the small intestine. The sore causes pain and often lead to loss of appetite.
So, loss of appetite coupled with nausea and bouts of vomiting which are typical signs and symptoms of stomach ulcer are the reasons behind unexplained weight loss.