Experienced Sudden Weight Loss?? These Might Be The Reasons

Unexplained weight loss can be a topic of concern as it is not possible to lose weight healthily without putting any efforts on it. Therefore, the best thing you can do if you ever experience unexplained weight loss is to visit a doctor and know the exact cause of it. There are certain health problems that might be the cause of your sudden loss of weight. It can be a sign of some underlying problem.

Here is the list of some of the health conditions that can cause weight loss:

 Sudden Weight loss

1. Sarcopenia

Sarcopenia is a common condition among older adults and it is defined as an age related loss of muscle mass and function. It is a progressive loss of skeletal muscle and is characterized by a decrease in muscle strength, problems with mobility, decreased activity levels, falls and fractures, decreased activity levels, and falls and fracture. Most often, people begin to lose the amount of muscle mass after age 30 and with age, resulting in loss of strength increases. There are certain diseases that promote the development of sarcopenia through chronic inflammation and metabolic derangements such as endocrine disorders, chronic inflammatory disease, and malignancies.

Weight loss is one of the most common characteristics of sarcopenia as sarcopenia is associated with reduced food intake and weight loss is commonly due to the reduction in food intake. There are various mechanisms that can be responsible for sudden weight loss and reduction in the intake of food is one of the mechanisms.  

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2. Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel diseases include various inflammatory conditions which occur due to the failure of the immune system to function normally. This disease occurs when the immune system in the body attacks the parts of the digestive system. Inflammatory bowel disease is basically a term which is used to describe two main diseases - Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are defined as diseases that cause chronic inflammation.

  • Ulcerative colitis is a condition that causes inflammation only of only the inner lining of the colon and rectum. In the case of ulcerative colitis, the only rectum is involved.
  • Crohn’s disease is a condition that causes inflammation to the bowel wall and can involve any part of the digestive tract.

Inflammatory bowel disease is associated with weight loss as most of the patients having inflammatory bowel disease complains of sudden weight loss. Inflammatory bowel disease is associated with various symptoms and some of the symptoms may include lower abdominal pain, cramping, urgent bowel movements, bloody stool, and diarrhea.  

3. Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints and makes them painful and swollen. Autoimmune disease is a disease in which the immune system in the body mistakenly attacks the healthy cells in the body. Rheumatoid arthritis can be a serious disorder as with time an inflammation to the joints can cause damage to the joints and it can lead to permanent joint damage. Primarily rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by pain and swelling of the joints but it can be accompanied by other symptoms as well such as fatigue, low grade fever, weight loss and stiffness in the hands and legs. There are many causes of rheumatoid arthritis and some of them include, genetics, hormones, viruses, and bacterias. Rheumatoid arthritis is also associated with various complications such as heart disease, lung disease, and anemia.

4. Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic movement disorder that affects the ability of an individual to perform daily tasks. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which results from a decreased production of a chemical known as dopamine. This disease affects the parts of the brain that control movement and causes symptoms like tremors, stiffness, and slowness. Movement related symptoms are the characteristic symptoms of Parkinson's disease.  

Dopamine is an important chemical in the brain that is responsible for sending messages from the substantia nigra to other parts of the brain in order to control the movement of the body and maintain coordination. Whenever there is a lack of the production of dopamine, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develops. Parkinson’s disease is associated with a wide range of symptoms and sudden weight loss is one the common symptom of this disease.

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