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    What are some of the causes of unexplained weight loss in women? How can you prevent it?

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    Unexplained Weight Loss in Women

    When women have a progressive illness, they’ll experience unexplained weight loss. But what is unexplained weight loss?

    It means that you’re not dieting, and you’re not working out to shed pounds. But you’re still losing weight. What’s more surprising is that the weight loss is quick.

    For some women, they’re pleased with it. They’re not concerned. After all, they’re not trying to lose weight, but they’re shedding some pounds.

    Then again unexplained weight loss in women should cause for concern because it’s one of the most common symptoms of a progressive illness.

    Several possible reasons for a sudden weight loss without even trying. Some of them are the result of a serious medical condition.

    In this post, let’s take a look at some of the reasons for unexplained weight loss in women.


    Diabetes - Unexplained Weight Loss in Women

    It’s a metabolic disorder that causes an increased level of blood glucose. Diabetes could be the result of having an insufficient amount of insulin, or it could be that your body doesn’t respond to insulin properly. In some cases, it can be both.

    Symptoms of diabetes will include the following:

    • Excessive thirst
    • Intense hunger
    • Sudden weight loss
    • Numbness in feet or hands

    How to fight diabetes?

    The most important part of fighting diabetes is to control your blood sugar levels. It’s a complex task that you must accomplish. But controlling is easy if you only eat smart. Diet is a vital aspect of a diabetic’s life. It’s a diet that determines the sugar levels. You should eat five small meals a day and eliminate refined flour from your diet.

    Exercise is also vital as it can improve insulin sensitivity. It can also assist in burning fat, regulate lipid and lower blood pressure.

    Then, quit/avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Alcohol doesn’t offer nutritional value, but it gives you extra calories. Smoking and drinking are known to interfere with diabetes medicines rendering them useless.


    Tuberculosis - Unexplained Weight Loss in Women

    It’s a severe respiratory infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This disease affects, not just the lungs, but also kidneys, spine, and brain.

    The most common symptoms will include the following:

    • Unexplained weight loss in women and men
    • Coughing
    • Chest pain
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Night Sweats

    It’s one of the most dangerous diseases in the world. But there are ways to prevent the causative agent to cause infection in your lungs. One of them is to boost your immune system. Opt for a diet rich in antioxidants. If you can’t have at least four to five servings of fresh fruits/vegetables each day, you should consult your doctor about taking a daily dose of multivitamins.

    Getting fresh air and sunlight every day can prevent this disease. The reason for this is that the bacteria causing TB to thrive in damp places. Try to open your windows to allow sunlight and air to enter your house or office, thereby, keeping the bacterium at bay.

    Overactive Thyroid

    Our thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. It also produces the hormone calcitonin that regulates calcium in the blood. However, if your thyroid gland produces extra hormones, you’ll have the condition known as hyperthyroidism.

    The symptoms of this condition will include the following:

    • Palpitations
    • Hot flushes
    • Sudden weight loss
    • Panic attacks
    • Bulging eyes

    Excessive production of thyroid hormones is the result of several diseases. One of them is Grave’s disease, which causes an enlargement of the thyroid glands, thereby, increasing secretion of body hormones. Other reasons will include the growth of lumps on the gland, medications, and inflammation of the thyroid gland.


    Depression - Tuberculosis - Unexplained Weight Loss in Women

    It’s a mood disorder that gives you feelings of sadness, frustration, and anger, which all interfere with your everyday life for weeks or even longer.

    The most common symptoms will include the following:

    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Sleeping too much or not sleeping enough
    • Negative thoughts
    • Irritable
    • Suicidal
    • Feeling of hopelessness

    Depression is a clinical condition that goes deeper than the mere symptoms of hopelessness. Since it’s mental health, you need medical help. Sometimes, it’s also caused by certain health issues.

    One of them is heart disease. Although depression will put sufferers at risk of heart disease, an incidence of a heart attack can cause depression.

    Parkinson’s disease is another condition that may lead to depression. Around 40 percent of patients with this disease also suffer from severe symptoms of depression.


    The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of illnesses in the lungs. It blocks airflow, making breathing a difficult thing. The airflow is blocked because of inflammation in the lining of the bronchial tubes. If it’s left untreated, the air sacs in your lungs will be slowly destroyed making it more difficult for you to breathe. This condition is known as emphysema.

    The most common symptoms of COPD will include the following:

    • Unexplained weight loss (especially if it’s in the later stages)
    • Chest tightness
    • Shortness of breath
    • Blue fingernail beds

    The most effective way to treat COPD is to avoid smoke, including the electronic cigarette. Smoking will only make COPD worse. Then, follow a healthy diet. That said you must have fresh vegetables and fruits so you can get natural vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Ensure that you’re getting enough citrus fruits as they contain quercetin.

    Stay away from conventional dairy as it can plug the airways in your lungs. To be safe, stay away from canned and frozen foods. You should also avoid sugar. Then, drink plenty of water to thin mucus in your airways.

    Crohn’s Disease

    Chron's disease - Unexplained Weight Loss in Women

    It’s an inflammation in your digestive tract. This medical condition can lead to severe diarrhea, malnutrition, and abdominal pain.

    The most common symptoms of Chron’s disease will include the following:

    • Unexplained weight loss in men and women
    • Abdominal pain
    • Reduced appetite
    • Blood in the stool and ulcer
    • Fatigue

    To treat this condition, you need to avoid food sensitivities, such as spicy and fried foods, as well as refined foods, carbonated drinks, and caffeine. You should also avoid wheat products, like corn and oats, as well as dairy products.

    Eating foods that decrease inflammation is also recommended. These foods alkalize your body while they lower blood glucose and eliminate toxins.

    Addison’s disease

    It’s a hormonal disorder that affects adrenal glands causing insufficient production of hormones. This medical condition affects all age groups and genders.

    Symptoms of Addison’s disease will include the following:

    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Fatigue
    • Low blood pressure
    • Muscle weakness

    Adjusting your diet is one of the most effective ways to remedy adrenal insufficiency. You should take out foods that cause stress to your body. Then, add foods that replenish your adrenal energy. These foods should include sugar, sweeteners, processed and packaged foods, refined vegetable oils, and several others.

    Adrenalin Insufficiency

    Instead of eating them, choose to consume natural, healthy fats, plenty of vegetables, wild-caught fish, high-quality animal products, sea vegetables, high-fibre foods, probiotic foods, etc.


    It refers to a high number of diseases. Cancer is characterized by the development of abnormal cells that multiply uncontrollably. It can spread throughout the body. Although it’s one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines, survival rates of some of its types are improving. Thanks to the improvements in cancer treatment, as well as cancer screening.

    One of the most common symptoms of cancer is unexplained weight loss. Then, you’ll experience fatigue, changes in your bowel/bladder habits, persistent cough, difficulty swelling, persistent joint pain, unexplained bleeding, and several others.

    If you have those symptoms, you should make an appointment with your doctor. On the other hand, if you don’t have those signs and symptoms, but you’re worried that you might be at risk of cancer, you should discuss it with your doctor. He may request a cancer screening test and a procedure that are appropriate for your case.

    Some types of cancer can be prevented. One of the ways to prevent it is to avoid sugary drinks that cause obesity and diabetes. Sugary drinks can increase the risk of endometrial cancer.

    Opt for resistant starches found in rolled oats, white beans, and green bananas. They can reduce the risk of colon cancer.

    Then choose to stand more and sit less. According to several studies, people who sit most of the time tend are in danger of developing endometrial and colon cancer. And if you spend more time in front of the TV, you’re at risk of suffering from cancer in the colon.

    It’s also highly recommended to eat more broccoli. Choose steamed broccoli as it contains more glucosinolate, which is a strong component of this vegetable. According to studies, nutrients tend to leach when it’s cooked.

    Consume Brazil nuts, which contains selenium known to encourage cancer cells to commit suicide. Eating garlic is also recommended as it contains allyl suffer compounds that can stimulate your immune system to fight against cancer. Drinking green tea is also ideal as this tea contains cancer-fighting ingredients. Although the effectiveness will depend on the type of green tea and its preparation, researchers found that regular tea drinkers have a reduced risk of prostate and lung cancer.


    These medical diseases aren’t the only ones that can cause unexplained weight loss in women and men. Nevertheless, it’s vital that you see your doctor if you’re losing five percent of your normal weight within six to twelve months without trying to lose weight. See your doctor for proper evaluation.

    About the author

    Janey Danes Janey Danes started her career as a part-time article writer, editor and proofreader in 2008. She specializes in topics related to health, travel, technology, family, and spiritual life. Danes is a licensed medical technologist and she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology. She is also a contributor to Travel Philippines | Entertainment and Medical Technology Avenue. You can also find her on Google+.

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