For many people, losing weight has them jumping for joy, but if there’s no obvious reason for the pounds falling off it could be an indication of a serious health condition.
A serious illness can be easily dismissed or mistaken for a seasonal illness.
But if there’s been no change in your diet and lifestyle and you appear to be dropping the pounds, pay a visit to your GP – a symptom of cancer can be unexplained weight loss.
Dr Sarah Brewer, for Mail Online explained why unexplained weight loss is a red flag.
She said: “As a rough guide, if you lose five per cent of your body weight (e.g. eight pounds if you weight 175 pounds) in less than six months without following a weight loss diet, then it’s time to let your doctor know – especially if it’s associated with fatigue, tiredness or other persistent niggling symptoms.
“Unexplained weight loss could be a sign of an undiagnosed illness such as gut problems that affect absorption of nutrients, an overactive thyroid, undiagnosed diabetes, depression or the big worry for everyone – cancer.
“Whole in most cases it won’t turn out to be cancer, unexplained weight loss is a red flag symptom and may not always be accompanied by loss of appetite.”
There are a range of signs to look out for which could be symptoms of a serious condition.
But it also states a person with Parkinson’s disease can also experience a wide range of other physical and psychological symptoms, including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Balance problems – this may increase the chance of a fall
- Loses of sense of smell (anosmis)
- Problems sleeping (insomnia)
- Memory problems
Research carried out by the charity shows that just 12 per cent of people know that loss of smell and loss of taste are common initial symptoms if Parkinson’s .
And only 24 per cent of people recognised smell, inconsistent handwriting as a tell-tale sign.