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   Weight Gain
 
Definition:
A condition that is characterized by excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body and that in an adult is typically indicated by a body mass index of 30 or greater
 
Medical terms related to weight gain :
Obesity, Fat, Body, Fluid Retention, Gain, Weight, Overweight
 
Common causes of weight gain: 
o Overeating and lack of exercise
o Pregnancy
o Fitness
o Poor eating habits (high-carbohydrate, high-calorie diet)
o Emotional factors such as guilt, depression, and anxiety
o Slower metabolism, which is normal with aging
o Smoking cessation
o Alcohol consumption
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Cushing's Syndrome:
Excess corticosteroids and especially cortisol usually from adrenal or pituitary hyperfunction marked by a variety of signs and symptoms including especially a change in appearance marked by moon facies with plethora, obesity, easy bruising, slow wound healing, and hypokalemia;called also adrenogenital syndrome.

Other Causes of weight gain:
o Hypothyroidism
o Kidney Failure
o Intravenous Fluids
o Primary hypothyroidism
o Congenital Heart Disease
o Endocrine disorders ( Cushing's syndrome or polycystic ovary syndrome)
o Medications:
Corticosteroids, cyproheptadine, lithium, tranquilizers, phenothiazines, and tricyclic antidepressants

 

Call your doctor if weight gain is accompanied by: 
o Change in vision
o Sensitivity to cold, constipation, and hair loss
o Swollen feet and shortness of breath
o Excessive and progressive weight gain

 
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: 
o Nutritional assessment
o Blood tests including chemistry profile
o Measurement of hormone levels

 
Medications for weight gain may include: 
o Sibutramine (Meridia)
o Orlistat (Xenical)
   
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