The Effects Of Weight Loss On Medicine

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Weight loss in medicine terms refers to body mass reduction triggered by the loss of body connective tissues, tendon, muscle, and bone mineral deposits. There are various causes of weight loss such as diseases or a need to improve one’s body weight and to reduce it through exercise thus it can be broadly classified into intentional and unintentional weight loss. According to MayoClinic, stating that weight loss comes down to burning more calories than you consume. By doing this, you reduce the extra calories from food and beverages, by more physical activities to burn calories.
Unintentional weight loss is a symptom linked to a serious medical condition though the major causes of unintentional weight loss include; body fat loss, muscle atrophy, or a combination of all. When a person loses over 10% of their body in a period of six months or five percent in the preceding month, it is regarded as a severe medical condition (Chatterjee, 2007). In addition, a small weight loss in an elderly person can result due to health complications brought along by inadequate nutrition as well as person eating fewer calories than the body requires may suffer weight loss (Miller & Wolfe, 2008). Loss of appetite is one other major cause of unintentional weight loss and is often caused by treatment or disease, and if weight loss persists for a long period, it can lead to wasting condition known as cachexia.
Advanced weight loss condition can result in adverse effects such as poor life quality,
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