Asked in Conditions and DiseasesCancerDiabetes
Why would someone rapidly lose weight?
October 15, 2019 1:18PM
October 31, 2014 5:13AM
If the weight loss isn't due to obvious causes such as drugs, eating habits, anorexia, or prolonged physical activity, then it's likely a severe medical condition.
If it is diabetes, the pancreas isn't making enough insulin. Insulin is normally the body's way of regulating its use of glucose, the body's primary fuel. Normally the body produces more insulin to use up fuel, less insulin to conserve it. In diabetes, the body cannot produce enough insulin.
Food reaches the body as glucose, but without insulin this glucose cannot be used as fuel and is instead lost in the urine. Since the cells are not getting enough glucose, the body starves.