#Unexpected Weight Loss
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Unexpected Weight Loss - Initial Message
You have lost *** pounds over the last *** months. While weight can fluctuate for many reasons, unexpected or unexplained weight loss can sometimes be a sign of underlying health issues. These can range from gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine conditions, infections, and even certain types of cancer. It could also be related to social factors, like changes in diet, stress, or mood.
Our goal is to help identify if there's a specific cause for your weight loss. As part of this process, we will be ordering some lab tests. In addition, we will need to ask some more detailed questions about your health, diet, lifestyle, and recent symptoms, if any. This will help us to get a better understanding of your overall health and any possible factors that may be contributing to your weight loss.
In the meantime, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Unintentional weight loss is a 5% or greater decrease in body weight over 6-12 months. Unexpected weight loss can be a symptom of a serious underlying condition including malignancy, GI diseases, endocrine disorders, or mental health disorders including depression. A detailed history will guide your workup, and a systematic approach is crucial. Most patients woudl benefit from basic labs and age-appropriate cancer screening. Reassure patients that weight loss is often due to non-malignant causes, but emphasize that follow up and further investigation is needed.