Don’t Ignore Unexplained Weight Loss: It Could Indicate A Serious Problem-

Are you losing weight without doing anything for it? Have you suddenly seen a drop in your weight suddenly? If yes, my friend, this is something you have to worry about! Even though people might congratulate you for losing weight, some might say you are lucky to lose weight without even trying! But unfortunately, this is no luck for you. This unexpected weight loss is not something to be happy about, but it indicates some illness you might be going through. 
It is acceptable to lose some weight, but suddenly losing too much weight can be dangerous. 

Let us move ahead and see what illnesses one might be going through with this sudden weight loss!

What is unexplained or sudden weight loss?

Unexplained weight loss occurs when you suddenly start losing more than 10 pounds without even working for it. It means you are losing weight without dieting, exercising, or working out. 
A weight loss of more than 10 pounds or more within six to twelve months indicates that you need medical help, as this is not normal.

So here are some common reasons for this sudden weight loss-

  • Overactive thyroid-

The thyroid gland secretes hormones in our body that regulate our growth, temperature, and metabolism. If this gland starts secreting more than required hormones in your body, this can bring about many changes in one’s body and cause too much weight loss.

Symptoms of overactive thyroid-

Heart Palpitations,too much hunger, feel hot and suffocated most of the time. Panic attacks, noticeable weight loss, fast heart rate, infertility, mood swings, decreased libido, shortness of breath.

  • Diabetes-

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that starts when our bodies do not respond to insulin or cannot produce insulin. In diabetes, the blood glucose level in our body rises for these reasons.

Symptoms of diabetes

  1. Numbness
  2. Thirst in excessive amounts.
  3. Too much hunger.
  4. Cuts, bruises, or other wounds do not heal.
  5. Frequent urination
  6. Weight loss

It is a viral disease, but in the Human immunodeficiency virus, your body and immune system cannot fight infections and viruses like in other conditions. It is so as the virus in HIV destroys one’s immune system, so the body is not able to fight any infections.

Symptoms of HIV/AIDS-

  1. Swollen lymph nodes
  2. Rashes
  3. Fever
  4. Chronic diarrhea
  5. Cough
  6. Mouth ulcers
  7. Problem in breathing
  8. Excessive weight loss
  9. Muscle aches
  10. Sore throat
  • Celiac disease-

In this disease, the patient faces an issue with digesting gluten, found in grains like wheat. It affects the small intestine, which makes digesting difficult. It results in the body ingesting the nutrients, resulting in weight loss.

Symptoms of Celiac disease-

  1. Headaches
  2. Loss of weight
  3. Itchiness
  4. Sores in the mouth
  5. Joint pains
  • Cancer-

Cancer is the growth of an uncontrollable amount of abnormal cells in your body. Cancer is a dangerous disease and can lead to weight loss. 
Symptoms of Cancer
Although the symptoms of cancer vary from the type of cancer but here are some common

Symptoms of cancer-

  1. Weight loss
  2. Difficulty in swallowing
  3. Fatigue
  4. Appearance of lumps
  5. Joint Pain
  6. Muscle pain
  7. Night sweats
  8. Bowel issues
  9. Changes in skin
  • Depression-

Depression might not be a physical problem but can lead to physical issues. For example, experts believe a person will likely lose weight when feeling low or sad. And depression is a mood disorder that brings these negative emotions with it.

Symptoms of depression

  1. Insomnia
  2. Negative thoughts
  3. Difficulty in concentrating
  4. Unnecessary anger
  5. Suicidal thoughts
  6. Irritability
  7. Losing weight suddenly
  8. Hopelessness
  9. Feeling helpless
  10. Loneliness
  • Tuberculosis-

TB or Tuberculosis is an infectious disease of the lungs. But it can even affect one’s kidneys, brain, or the spinal cord.

Symptoms of TB-

  1. Chronic coughing
  2. Blood along with phlegm
  3. Fatigue
  4. Sudden weight loss
  5. Chest pains
  6. Night sweats
  7. Fever
  • Addison’s disease

It is a disease that can affect all genders and any age group. In this disease, the adrenal glands produce fewer hormones, Cortisol and Aldosterone, than the body requires.

Symptoms of Addison’s disease

  1. Fatigue
  2. Unexpected weight loss
  3. Weakness in the muscles
  4. Lower blood pressure.

If you have sudden weight loss with any of the symptoms that we have written above, please do not ignore the signs and consult a doctor as soon as possible.