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Weight Gain and Loss: Causes And What To Do About It

What Causes Weight Gain Or Loss?

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Weight gain can be caused by a variety of factors. For instance:

  • Treatments requiring use of steroids can contribute to weight gain. 
  • Some medications or conditions may contribute to swelling caused by fluid retention (edema). The weight is the result of extra water in the body.
  • Weight gain is also a possibility for cancer patients taking certain medications, particularly people on hormone therapy or some forms of chemotherapy. Cancer patients with breast, prostate, and ovarian cancer are the most likely to gain weight. 

Weight Loss can be caused a health condition itself, or the result of treatment that contributes to nausea, difficulty with eating, swallowing, digestion or loss of appetite. Emotional worries or depression about your illness can also contribute to loss of appetite or eating less. (For information about depression, including what it is and what can be done about it, click here.)

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