Weight Loss

Description: 

It is hard to define what underweight actually is as some healthy people are naturally thin. Others have underlying health problems.

Symptoms: 

Sudden weight loss, changes in metabolism, thinning hair, dry skin, sleep problems, lack of or infrequent periods. Anorexia can lead to more serious symptoms such as osteoporosis, heart problems, seizures and kidney damage. Bulimia can cause erosion of tooth enamel, fatigue, loss of body fluids, sore mouth and tongue, abdominal pain and constipation, dizziness, weakness and fainting.

Possible Causes: 

Any sudden or dramatic weight loss should promptly be thoroughly investigated as to the underlying cause which could include diabetes, cancer, AIDS, trauma. Eating disorders such as anorexia/bulimia generally involve psychological and emotional issues that need to be addressed. Stress can have a huge impact on appetite, digestion and metabolism. Malabsorption can occur where there are not enough digestive enzymes to breakdown food and absorb nutrients. It is important to investigate problems with digestion that include changes in bowel habits to rule out the possibility of inflammatory bowel disease. Parasites can affect absorption and lead to weight gain or weight loss. Overactive thyroid can cause weight loss. Also food allergies and celiac disease.

Associated Diagnostics: 

Health conditions such as weight loss are complex and have many contributing factors, some conditions may be managed through diet and nutrition, whilst others may require one or more tests.
If your symptoms indicate the need for testing we will select the correct diagnostic protocols for your condition.
Thyroid Function Test, Adrenal Stress Index, Metabolic Syndrome