Sudden weight loss could mean a person has diabetes, but unfortunately many people welcome weight loss and so they don’t realize this is a symptom of diabetes. Anytime there is sudden weight loss in a person’s life it should be reported to a doctor because it can be a sign of various types of physical problems besides diabetes.
When a person has been wishing on a regular basis, “I’d love to lose some weight!” it’s very hard to convince them that a sudden drop in weight may not have anything to do with their wish at all. In fact, if the person hasn’t been practicing some new exercise routine or changed their diet dramatically, the chances are the sudden weight loss is the sign of some physical problem. Diabetes is only one of the types of medical problems that unexplainable weight loss can indicate.
It’s important to report any sudden weight loss to a doctor. The doctor will assess the individual based on all their symptoms and other factors to determine if the weight loss can be indicative of diabetes; if so, the doctor will order appropriate testing to confirm or rule out diabetes.
As much as some of us would love to drop a few pounds in a short period of time, without having to go on a special diet or engage in some strenuous workout routine, the truth of the matter is that sudden, unexplainable weight loss is usually the sign of some physical problem. Since it is one of the main signs of diabetes, sudden weight loss should be reported to a doctor immediately.
Filed under: Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes
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