Weight is also a barometer of health. If being fat isn't a good thing, being thin isn't. For example, if you've lost weight, it's best to make sure that it's not a health hazard. An article on the website of an American digest magazine summarizes some unexpected causes of weight loss for your reference.
Up to 50 percent of hospitalized patients worldwide are malnourished, which means they lack adequate nutrition. Hospitalization can lead to malnutrition because patients may not get the nutrients they need for a healthy life during hospital care. If malnutrition occurs long enough, it can have major effects on a person's health, including weight loss that can't be explained.
While older people are at higher risk of malnutrition as a result of medication and loss of appetite, young healthy people can also be malnourished as a result of eating an unbalanced diet. The best way to prevent malnutrition is to eat a balanced diet with the right mix of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
Studies show that about 45 percent of older americans experience muscle wasting because they neglect to keep their muscles healthy. This muscular atrophy, known as sarcopenia, starts as early as the 40s and leads to unexplained weight loss and reduced strength, strength and athletic ability.
While changes in hormone secretion function can cause the body to build and store muscle as it grows older, in most cases, sarcopenia is associated with malnutrition and lack of exercise. The best way to prevent and treat muscle loss is to add more protein and vitamin D to your diet and do strength training two or three times a week.
Several types of cancers, such as lung, pancreatic, bile and colon, can cause unexplained weight loss. This is because abnormal cancer cells grow out of control, speed up metabolism, and consume all of the body's resources, leading to weight loss.
Cancer treatments can also cause weight loss. Radiation and chemotherapy often cause a loss of appetite and side effects, including nausea, vomiting and mouth sores, which can discourage eating.
Unexplained weight loss can be a sign of thyroid problems. Hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid produces excess thyroid hormones, which speeds up the metabolism and causes the body to burn more calories than it consumes.
The causes of hyperthyroidism include hashimoto's thyroiditis, certain medications (such as lithium), radiotherapy of the neck, thyroid surgery, pregnancy and iodine deficiency.