If you’re experiencing abnormal weight gain, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, abnormal weight gain may increase your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. At Gearity Wellness Center in St. Cloud and Orlando, Florida, the team works with people of all ages to address abnormal weight gain. To make an appointment, call the nearest office and speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
Abnormal weight gain occurs when you put on extra pounds without changing your eating, drinking, or exercise habits. It’s unintentional and can negatively affect your confidence and quality of life.
Almost everyone experiences abnormal weight gain from time to time, either as a result of fluid retention or constipation. However, if your symptoms persist for weeks or months, it may point to an underlying medical problem.
Obesity is a disease that results in an excess amount of body fat. It’s a serious medical problem that increases your risk of chronic health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Obesity affects people of all ages. It occurs due to several factors, including genetics, personal diet, and exercise choices. Fortunately, it’s possible to fight back. Even modest weight loss can ease weight-bearing pressure on your joints and reduce inflammation throughout your body.
Abnormal weight gain can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
Women between the ages of 45-55 go through menopause. Menopause is a normal part of the natural aging process, but it triggers a decline in estrogen production. This loss of estrogen encourages weight gain in the abdominal region and hips. It also causes your metabolism to slow down, making it more difficult to lose weight.
If you experience abnormal weight gain on a monthly basis, it might be due to your menstrual cycle. The levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body fluctuate during your period, causing water retention and bloating.
If you’re living with a chronic condition such as kidney disease, liver disease, or heart failure, you might develop edema. Edema causes swelling in your arms, legs, hands, or feet. If you experience sudden abnormal weight gain, contact the team at Gearity Wellness Center right away.
Some prescription medications increase your risk of abnormal weight gain. Some of the most common culprits include antidepressants, corticosteroids, antipsychotics, and birth control pills.
To diagnose abnormal weight gain, your provider at Gearity Wellness Center conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your lifestyle and symptoms. If necessary, the team might also order laboratory testing or diagnostic imaging to pinpoint the underlying cause.
Don’t let abnormal weight gain negatively affect your quality of life. Make an appointment at Gearity Wellness Center by calling the nearest office or booking online today.