Unexplained Weight Loss

Friday, February 19, 2016

Unexplained weight loss is a decrease in body weight, when you did not try to lose the weight on your own. Dr. Edward Hill discusses unexplained weight loss in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Unexplained weight loss, or losing weight without trying may be a sign of an underlying medical disorder, particularly if the weight loss is significant or persistent.

The point at which unexplained weight loss becomes a medical concern is not exact. But many doctors agree that a medical evaluation is called for if you lose more than five percent of your weight in six months to a year, especially if youre an older adult. In someone who is 200 pounds, thats 10 pounds.

Your weight is affected by your calorie intake, activity level, overall health, age, nutrient absorption, and economic and social factors.

Unexplained weight loss can have many possible causes, medical and nonmedical. Often, a combination of things results in a general decline in your health and a related weight loss. Sometimes a specific cause isnt found.

If youre losing weight without trying and not sure why, consult your health care provider. He or she will work with you to try to determine whats causing the weight loss.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.