Inappetence: the possible causes

Summer has arrived , it's hot and I'm not hungry, I just want to drink something fresh. Is it about lack of appetite ?

Yes, in general, inappetence is defined as the lack or decrease of appetite .

It is not a disease in itself: it can be a transient phenomenon due to the heat, or the indicator of a malaise of another nature. There are many possible causes of lack of appetite: here are the main ones.

Inappetence: the possible pathological causes

Many diseases cause lack of appetite, which in reality is a natural instinct: when animals get sick, they put themselves in a quiet place, alone, and don't eat. Here are some diseases that cause loss of appetite:

  • tumor forms (ovaries, pancreas, colon, stomach);
  • respiratory diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary emphysema and chronic bronchitis;
  • heart failure;
  • gallbladder disease, cholecystitis;
  • gastrointestinal infections ;
  • hepatitis;
  • HIV / AIDS;
  • ipotiroidisimo;
  • liver failure;
  • renal failure;
  • dehydration (loss of body fluids and electrolytes) resulting from hyper-sweating, prolonged vomiting or diarrhea;
  • pain in general can make you lose your appetite.

Inappetence: the possible pharmacological causes

If you are taking medication, or doing other therapies, pay close attention to your appetite: inappetence could be caused by drugs. Here are some categories, possible causes of loss of appetite:

  • amphetamines
  • antibiotics
  • chemotherapy drugs
  • codeine
  • radiotherapy

Even drugs such as cocaine and heroin can cause loss of appetite.

Inappetence: the possible physiological causes

There are living conditions in which inappetence is often "faithful companion", it is a physiological lack of appetite, typical of the condition, for example:

  • advancing age
  • first trimester of pregnancy, but also throughout pregnancy;
  • loss of taste or smell, even temporary, in case of cold or sinusitis;
  • nausea.

Inappetence: the possible emotional causes

It depends on people: some "shut their stomachs", others "open", and they would eat continuously. When? When emotions take over.

Now we are interested in the emotions and conditions that cause lack of appetite:

  • negative emotions, sadness;
  • anxiety ;
  • depression ;
  • grief for a grief, a separation;
  • tension for an exam, an interview, a difficult test to face

If the lack of appetite is persistent or worrying, it is advisable to consult your doctor, to avoid excessive weight losses and consequent nutritional deficiencies. Several diseases can reduce appetite. Once the disease is cured, the appetite should return.

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