ulcers, open sores developing in the lining of the duodenum, could be very
bothersome and painful a lot during flare-up. The most classic symptom of the
disease, abdominal pain, usually gets worse when something irritates /hurts the
open sore. Since it affects your digestive system, can the disease cause weight
First off, when is weight loss considered abnormal?
unintentional weight loss can occur for various reasons. Although many times
it’s a consequence of stressful events (divorce, changing jobs, or redundancy
for examples), it could also be a sign of a particular medical condition!
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perfectly normal to experience changes in weight after a stressful event. In
such a case, weight will usually return once your stress relieves, feel
happier, or when you have had time to get used to your situation.
not always easy to figure out when your weight loss is something for concern.
Even though if your weight fluctuates, this doesn’t mean that it is definitely
abnormal. In fact, weight can also normally fluctuate from week to week.
long as the fluctuation is not significant and it occurs regularly, there
should be nothing worry. But the story is different if you lose weight significantly
(especially in a short amount of time). The next question, how much weight loss
to NHS, unintentional weight loss should be a cause for concern when you lose
more than 5 percent of your body weight over 6-12 months . This is
particularly true if the problem is followed with unusual symptoms such as
appetite loss, fatigue, changes in bowel movements, or an increase in
number of health conditions can factor into noticeable, unintentional weight
loss. Some of the most common ones include thyroid disorders, psychological
problems (such as depression), eating disorders, and even cancers.
less common cases, the problem probably is associated with the following
- Certain medications. Some cause
side effects that might affect your appetite, leading to weight loss.
- Problems of the heart, liver, and
- Undiagnosed diabetes, Addison’s
disease (a problem affecting adrenal glands), or other diseases that affect the
balance of certain hormones in the body.
- Chronic long-term inflammatory
disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
- Infections such as tuberculosis, HIV
that affects the way of how your body processes the food may also affect your
weight. These include swallowing problem (dysphagia), dental problems, and
problems of digestive system (e.g. celiac disease and gastroenteritis). How
about duodenal ulcers?
Duodenal ulcer and
changes in weight
the stomach secretes a strong acid called ‘hydrochloric acid’ to help digest
foods. This stomach acid plays a role to stimulate the activation of pepsin
(digestive enzyme), stimulate a signal of when the food can go to the small
intestine from the stomach as well as chemical signaling the more secretion of
pancreas enzymes, and also to help fight against ‘bad’ bacteria in the stomach
that came down with the food .
too low stomach acid level may contribute to poor absorption of your dietary
protein and some key minerals. Now you understand that acid is actually
required in your digestive system.
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stomach acid is essential for various purposes, it can also hurt the stomach
lining. That’s why your stomach and duodenum is protected by a thick barrier
from mucus layer. But this protective barrier can also get broken and damaged,
resulting in inflammation or open sore (ulcer).
ulcers can be attributed by several factors. The main ones are infection caused
by Helicobacter Pylori bacteria and excessive use of inflammatory medications
(aspirin or NSAIDs). Lifestyle factors (e.g. cigarette smoking, stress, and
alcohol) can also increase the risk of developing the disease.
discomfort, especially burning pain, is common with duodenal ulcers. The pain
may also occur with other symptoms of the disease such as nausea, indigestion,
and bloating (feeling very full after eating). How about weight loss?
Duodenal ulcers cause abdominal discomforts that may affect your appetite, causing changes in weight. But this could be weight loss or even weight gain!
foods can worsen stomach ulcers. This restriction probably is worrying you,
making you eat fewer foods than usual and eventually you’re likely to lose
this is slightly different for duodenal ulcers. While the common culprits such
as spicy, fatty, and acidic foods can cause negative reaction – eating foods,
as long as they’re OK for the balance of the stomach acid level, may improve
duodenal ulcer symptoms .
a result, sometimes people with duodenal ulcers probably are likely to eat more
foods to soothe the symptoms. That’s why they may have a weight gain. Still,
abdominal discomforts associated with the disease can also affect their
appetite, consequently leading to weight loss. This suggests that changes in
weight caused by duodenal ulcers may vary from patient to patient.