Symptoms of Underweight

The following features are indicative of Underweight:
  • poor physical stamina
  • weak immune system
It is possible that Underweight shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Underweight

The following are the most common causes of Underweight:
  • genetical changes
  • fast metabolism
  • lack of nutrition
  • eating disorder
  • physical illness
  • mental illness
  • doing over exercise

Other Causes of Underweight

The following are the less common causes of Underweight:
  • diabetes
  • hyperthyroidism
  • cancer
  • tuberculosis
  • gastrointestinal diseases
  • liver problems

Risk Factors for Underweight

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Underweight:
  • most prominent in women
  • children with malnutrition

Prevention of Underweight

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Underweight. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • eat proper diet
  • do exercise
  • use appetite stimulant supplements

Occurrence of Underweight

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Underweight cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Underweight can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Underweight can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Underweight

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Underweight:
  • Body mass index (BMI): According to weight and height, people with underweight problems are diagnosed

Complications of Underweight if untreated

Yes, Underweight causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Underweight is left untreated:
  • amenorrhea
  • infertility
  • osteoporosis

Self-care for Underweight

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Underweight:
  • Frequent meals: Eat multiple smaller meals during the day rather than large meals
  • Eat nutrient-rich foods: For additional nutrition along with healthy diet
  • Drink fluids more: Sip higher calorie beverages along with a meal or snacks
  • Do exercise: It can help to gain weight by building up muscles and increasing appetite

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Underweight.

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