Losing Weight Unexpectedly? The Surprising Signs of Metabolic Disorders

Losing weight in NCMost people think achieving good health requires slimming down; however, losing weight unexpectedly can be just as concerning as carrying extra pounds. In some cases, weight loss that can’t be explained signals a metabolic disorder.

When Metabolism Goes Haywire

During the body’s normal metabolism processes, food is broken down into simpler components like proteins, fats, and sugars. Your body either immediately uses these substances for energy or stores them for later use. A metabolic disorder happens when one of the steps in this complex process breaks down. You may have too much or too little of substances necessary to the metabolic process, such as insulin or amino acids.

Metabolic Disorders Linked to Weight Loss

Some of the more common diseases that are related to metabolism and characterized by weight loss include:

  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Diseases related to the inability to absorb nutrients, including Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease
  • Glucose galactose malabsorption     
Other Signs to Watch

In addition to weight loss, other symptoms of a metabolic disorder include:

  • Chronic or persistent diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Muscle cramping
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Rapid breathing (tachypnea) or shortness of breath
When to See a Doctor

If you’re losing weight without trying and you’re not sure why, it’s a good idea to schedule a doctor’s visit. A discussion of your symptoms, a physical examination, and laboratory testing can usually determine if your weight loss is caused by a metabolic disorder.

Patients with metabolic disorders are able to receive specialized treatment with endocrinologists at LeBauer HealthCare in Greensboro, NC. If you’re concerned about weight loss, learn more about our endocrinology services or schedule an appointment today.

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