Possible Causes of Sudden Weight Gain
Oftentimes, we worry or fixate on our weight gain (or loss) especially if it’s unintentional, and sometimes we don’t notice it. As the months pass, when we see our photos side-by-side, we feel like these changes are sudden. However, this is no cause for alarm unless you’ve lost or gained at least 15% of your body weight in a month.
Here are some possible causes of sudden weight gain.
Acromegaly is a hormonal condition linked to the pituitary gland, which is in charge of producing the growth hormone. This is one of the possible causes of sudden weight gain because when the pituitary gland produces too much of it, which could happen in middle adulthood, you may experience the enlargement of feet, hands, lips, tongue, or nose.
Other symptoms include aching joints, a deepening voice, excessive sweating, sleep apnea, and skin tags.
Cirrhosis is when healthy liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue. This causes sudden and drastic weight gain often in the abdomen area, which could appear enlarged. This is because the fluid builds up within the abdominal cavity.
Other symptoms include abdominal pain, swollen ankles, and shortness of breath.
Another possible cause is a rare disease called Cushing Syndrome, involving high levels of the hormone, cortisol. This disease develops as a result of a tumor or long-term steroid treatments. Oftentimes, the weight gain is focused on the chest, face, stomach, or upper back, while keeping the arms and legs thin, depending on the cause.
Other symptoms include erectile dysfunction, fatigue, irregular menstrual cycle, and muscle weakness. Oftentimes, this is triggered by glucosteroids, which is a common treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
One of the ways that our body weight fluctuates over the span of even just a day is fluid retention. However, these fluctuations could get a bit more drastic if you’re suffering from premenstrual syndrome, standing for long periods of time, or experiencing swelling in some part of your body.