One of the most desired about thing of Americans is to lose weight since most of them are obese or overweight and for the others maintaining their weight is already a challenge to them. For those maintaining their present weight and experiencing unwanted weight loss, they must visit their doctor at once. There are some factors that can cause this condition so your doctor can recommend something for specific conditions. Here are more notes about unwanted weight loss in men.
The Metabolism Factor
One factor that can cause unwanted weight loss is aging. It was discussed in a research which is published in the “American Family Physician,” in 2002 by Dr. Grace Brooke Huffman the role of the circulating hormone called cholecystokinin in normal weight loss. The level of the said hormone increases with age which leads to a feeling of fullness. Another substance found in the blood called cachetin also increases with age. Additionally, the basal metabolic rate which is the amount of calories the body burns while at rest slows down and this can affect unwanted weight loss. If you happen to lose 5 to 10% of your body weight unintentionally in less than a year then you need to consult your doctor about this.
Idiopathic Weight Loss
In a research published by Iran’s Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, it was reported that the cause of unintentional weight loss cannot be identified in around 25% of people who are affected. This condition is called “idiopathic” which means the cause is unknown. If ever you experience weight loss, keep a record of the things you eat daily, record the time of day and the thing you do while eating your meals, keep a record also of the amount and type of foods and beverages you consume. This way you can also see a pattern of missing meals that can lead to weight loss. You can see chances of eating more frequently or take more time to finish your meal. Keeping a record of all of these can serve as a guide to your doctor too.
The Emotional Component
Emotions affect appetite too. Some people when stressed tend to eat more while others don’t want to eat at all which lead to unintentional weight loss. A change in appetite is also a result of depression so if you experience the feeling of stress, sadness and depression and such feelings affect your appetite then consult your doctor.
Medical Conditions and their Treatment
Unwanted weight loss can be a sign of some medical conditions like AIDS, cancer, infections like tuberculosis, thyroid imbalance, gastrointestinal disorders and cardiac diseases. The Mayo Clinic mentioned cancer as the cause of unintentional weight loss. Most men experience sudden weight loss due to prostate, bladder, lung and gastrointestinal cancers and leukemia. Besides cancer, other causes of unintentional weight loss are problems with digestive system, ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and chronic pancreatitis. On the other hand, there are also some medications that can lead to diarrhea, nausea and other diseases that can decrease appetite which result to weight loss.
Unwanted weight loss in men is probable simply because several factors may trigger the condition. You have to know these conditions to be able to deal with the condition properly.