Unexplained weight loss has many causes, medical and nonmedical. Often, a combination of things results in a general decline in your health and a related weight loss. Sometimes a specific cause isn’t found. Usually, an unrecognized cancer will have other symptoms or abnormalities of laboratory tests, in addition to unexplained weight loss. Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission.
Created for Greatist by the experts at Healthline. By now you know intentional weight loss is nearly impossible. Many things can cause unexplained weight loss, and some of them are pretty serious. A study found that 60 percent of unexplained weight loss cases are due to physical causes, with cancer being the most common physical cause. Weirdly enough, some causes of unintentional weight loss affect men or women disproportionately. Appetite loss is a common symptom of depression. A study showed that depressed patients with reduced appetite also had higher cortisol levels. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, these are the symptoms of depression. For a diagnosis of depression, symptoms must be present most of the day, nearly every day, for at least 2 weeks.
Congestive heart failure. Too depressed to eat. Keith Fisher, M. If this is you, make sure to talk to your doctor about how you should treat this symptom. Unintentional weight loss is linked with higher morbidity development of illnesses, a higher mortality higher death rate, and a lower quality of life for people suffering from many diseases.