Anorexia or the disease concerning loss of appetite though commonly referred as anorexia nervosa in common medical use; there are considerable differences between these two closely connected medical conditions. While anorexia nervosa is mainly the disease connected to extreme loss of weight due to non-proportionate food habit and physical exercise which in majority of cases is caused in person who for being slim or fearing obesity taking extreme measures, both in dietary habits and exercise. In contrast anorexia or loss of appetite is the disease when a person does not feel the appetite to eat or the appetite tends to decrease due to certain medical condition. So, while extreme measures taken in voluntary dieting to remain fit and slim can be considered as symptoms in anorexia nervosa, in complete contrast in spite of the person harboring no voluntary will to become slimmer or slender, can suffer from anorexia or loss of appetite simply because of certain medical condition.
What causes anorexia or loss of appetite?
Any type of bacterial infection either through food intake or through other routes can cause anorexia or loss of appetite. Some types of cancers like pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer or stomach cancer can also be the cause of this medical condition, though in majority of cases benign tumors in gastrointestinal tract or gastric ulcers or simply digestive disorders or gastric problems play the major role in causing anorexia or loss of appetite. Remember though here we are separately referring to this disease here as a disease or health disorder, actually it is basically a symptom rather than a disease. But in any case taking this medical condition in its outward manifestation one should not be panicked about presence of cancer or ulcers, simple digestive disorder can be chronic and anorexia or loss of appetite can be symptoms of malfunction of our digestive process.
Some of the most common causes or contributory medical conditions causing anorexia or loss of appetite include chronic liver disease, chronic kidney failure, COPD, dementia, hypothyroid disorder, hepatitis, malaria, jaundice, gastritis and gastric ulcer. Remember in any case if the loss of appetite becomes chronic or continues at least for more than two weeks or becomes so severe that the patient even cannot intake a minimum grab of food, then it must be consulted with physician immediately.
Treatment of anorexia or loss of appetite
Treatment of the health condition with anorexia or loss of appetite as a symptom would depend upon the particular course of medication and treatment required for that disease or disorder causing anorexia or loss of appetite. If you have chronic digestive problem, liver diseases or gastritis which are the most common problems behind most of the cases of anorexia or loss of appetite you must go through continued treatment and holistic measures including changes in dietary habits, routinely food intake and even exercise for renewing hunger to treat the disorder completely in the long run. In other disorders like kidney failure or heart disorder or hypothyroid or viral diseases like malaria medical treatment to restore normalcy in the body is the primary course of treatment and in such cases the anorexia or loss of appetite generally do not become chronic and is treated as the patient is recovered from the respective disease.
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