Lack of appetite treatment
LACK OF APPETITE
What is lack of appetite?
Lack of appetite or poor appetite is the lack of desire to eat more food.
Why lack of appetite is caused?
Lack of appetite is determined by the brain because of a lack of stimulation of hunger that may affect a part of the brain known as the "hunger center"
Lack of appetite is mainly produced because the body does not need to eat more food to meet its nutritional needs.
In addition, there are a some diseases or situations in which this state may occur:
Factors that decrease appetite
Factors that decrease appetite are the following:
- Certain diseases such as hypothyroidism, cancer (colon cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer or stomach cancer) AIDS, hepatitis, dementia, kidney failure, heart failure, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), etc.
- The first trimester of pregnancy.
- Certain medications.
Consequences of lack of appetite
Lack of appetite for a short time usually does not present any remarkable result. The main consequence is a decrease in weight because of we are consuming stored fat
However, prolonged lack of appetite can produce a nutrient deficiency that leads to a state of malnutrition with more or less serious damage to health.
When to see a doctor?
Lack of appetite for a few days does not usually require medical intervention. It is necessary to seek medical assistance in case of significant weight loss or if there are any of these circumstances:
- Ingestion of drugs that could remove the feeling of hunger.
- Drug Addiction
Diagnosis and treatment of poor appetite
Only your doctor or specialist will determine the causes of your poor appetite through a personal interview by means of carrying out a questionnaire on your dietary patterns and your physical and psychological status.
To diagnose a physical problem that could be causing the lack of appetite, the doctor may wish to carry out a series of tests, including blood tests, scans or colonoscopy, specific tests on the liver, kidney, thyroid, etc.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.