Medical causes of weight gain

Patient : My wife cannot lose weight she exercises daily and tries to eat sensibly. She powerwalks 7-8 miles a day at least 4 days per week. Nothing seems to work not only is she not losing she gains weight could she have a medical problem?
Doctor :   Weight gain may not only be an increase in body fat; it can also be caused by increased muscle mass or increased body fl uid/water. Body fat will be stored if calories consumed in food are greater than the calorie expenditure in exercise activity. Several medical conditions can promote weight gain including: hormone imbalances (hypothyroidism, Cushings disease, pregnancy, polycystic ovarian syndrome); organ dysfunction (heart, liver or kidney disease can promote fluid retention); rare pancreatic disorders (insulinoma) and the use of prescribed drugs (oral contraceptive pill, HRT, steroids, antidepressants, diabetic medications, alcohol, and smoking cessation). I advise that your wife should attend her family doctor for a full history and clinical examination. He may investigate this problem with a series of blood tests to exclude any of the above causes.

Related Q&A

Q: How much weight gain is too much? I recently returned to school for a PhD, and also retired from a fairly intense car...

Q: Hi, I have a question about my weight. I am 41 years old, five foot 4 and weigh 116 pounds. I have been told by every...

Q: My husband and I are traveling to Kenya and have to take the anti malaria medication Aralen. I way 60kg he weighs 11...

Q: Hi, im writing up a heath & fitness report/ assessment concerning how many calories are burnt when performing the...

Q: Hi What does extremely high c peptide high insulin normal sugar show and how do they treat it if at all


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon