Causes of Weight Loss
Weight loss, besides as an achievement of a perceived state of wellness and fitness is also a problem that frequents many as it is also a cause for alarm. Many cases of weight loss can be attributed to an underlying medical and/or socio-economic condition. Medically speaking, weight loss can be caused by a variety of an often serious illness like, cancer, cardiovascular or metabolic diseases; cancer, known to medical professionals as a malignant neoplasm, or new growth, is the abnormal and often rapid growth of cells in the body. Cardiovascular disease on the other hand, can also be a cause for weight loss because cardiovascular disease mainly inhibits sufficient blood supply in the body; blood carries oxygen and important nutrients systemically, and an insufficient supply of these two, needless to say, would very well result to weight loss.
Another medical condition that results to weight loss are metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus or hyperthyroidism. Diabetes mellitus is caused by the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin or enough insulin– a vital hormone that is necessary for the body to use glucose, the sugar in the blood that is mainly where the energy for bodily functions are found. When this happens, the glucose is expelled from the body through excretion and urination, and thus resulting to weight loss. Hyperthyroidism, as the name implies is a hyperactive thyroid gland; the thyroid has long been known to regulate metabolism and an abnormally hyper-functioning thyroid impairs the normal metabolism and by extension, leads to weight loss.
Weight loss resulting to socio-economic conditions are but very evident. Financial constraints limits an individual’s ability to sustain the body’s normal and ideal nutritional intake; coupled with heavy manual labor which is mostly the case for individuals within the lower working class, causes the body to make use of its stored energy to keep up with external and internal bodily activities, thereby consuming more energy and calories which makes up for accelerated weight loss. Unintentional weight loss, therefore, is something that needs to be urgently addressed as it is something that most likely is a cause for serious and imperative concern.