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Understanding Loss Of Appetite

Women experiencing a loss of appetite.

When you don’t feel hungry or want to eat food, you have a loss of appetite. As per health care experts
in our low income health clinic, many people in the country suffer from a loss of appetite. When you
suffer from a loss of appetite, it might lead you to:
 Feel full.
 Be unable to enjoy the taste, flavor, appearance, or smell of food items.
 Not wanting to eat with others.
Loss of appetite can have a variety of reasons. It might occur suddenly or gradually over a period of
time. If a loss of appetite persists for more than a week, it is a sign of concern.

Signs Of Loss Of Appetite

There are a few indications that you may be suffering from loss of appetite. These are:
 Having little or no desire to eat.
 Not consuming your favorite food items.
 Changes in your weight.

Causes Of Loss Of Appetite

Loss of appetite can have a variety of reasons. The most frequent ones are:
 Your body’s physical changes.
 Changes in mental health brought on by emotions.
 An undiagnosed medical problem.
 Medication side effects.

Treating Loss Of Appetite

The cause of a loss of appetite will determine how to treat it. In order to better understand the causes
of your symptoms and provide you with treatment options, your healthcare practitioner may order
some diagnostic blood or imaging tests. Therapy might consist of:
 Consuming frequent, small meals throughout the day.
 The treatment of any ailments, infections, or underlying problems.
 Using hunger stimulants like dronabinol, megestrol, cyproheptadine, and low-dose
 Changing your medication’s dose or composition. This adjustment will be made for you by your
healthcare provider.
 Having a consultation with a dietician to manage your eating patterns
 Taking minerals, vitamins or supplements as directed by your doctor.

 visiting a dentist if you experience dental discomfort or issues.

If you suffer from any of the symptoms of loss of appetite, you should visit an affordable health clinic in
your area to get proper treatment. Your appetite should return to normal once the underlying reason
for your loss of appetite is treated or eliminated. After recovering from a disease, injury, or infection, if
your appetite doesn’t return to normal, you should discuss the same with your healthcare practitioner.

About the Author

Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.