Unintentional Recent Weight Gain

What Causes Weight Gain?

Weight gain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose weight gain, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "weight gain" as a symptom.  Here are seven possibilities:
  • Low Estrogens
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
  • Male Menopause
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes II
  • Hypothyroidism

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
mood swings during menstrual cycle
vision disturbances
slow reaction time
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
elevated free T4
occasional unexplained vomiting
being a lethargic person
low T3 free level
unsound sleep
constant slight bloating
yellow/yellowish fingernails
very irregular menstrual cycles
... and more than 130 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of weight gain:
Cause Probability Status
Ovarian Cancer 90% Confirm
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 19% Unlikely
Low Estrogens 24% Unlikely
Hypothyroidism 4% Ruled out
Diabetes II 2% Ruled out
Male Menopause 0% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having weight problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Has your weight increased significantly for unknown reasons in the past year? Do not answer this question if the weight gain is from consuming too many calories or getting too little exercise.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know / not applicable
→ No / minimal change
→ 5% to 10% / moderate weight gain
→ 11% to 20% / major weight gain
→ Over 20% / very great weight gain
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no unexplained weight gain, moderate unexplained weight gain, major unexplained weight gain or very great unexplained weight gain, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
The American Cancer Society has confirmed through study that users of artificial sweeteners gain more weight than those who don't use the products, further undermining the supposed "purpose" for the existence of aspartame in food.  The major selling point of aspartame is as a diet aid, and it has been demonstrated that the use of this product actually causes people to consume more food.  Normally, when a significant quantity of carbohydrate are consumed, serotonin levels rise in the brain.  This is manifested as a relaxed feeling after a meal.  When aspartame is ingested with carbohydrates, such as having a sandwich with a diet drink, aspartame causes the brain to cease production of serotonin, meaning that the feeling of having had enough never materializes.  You then eat more foods, many containing aspartame, and the cycle continues.
Diabetes Type II
Weight loss can indicate uncontrolled diabetes, while weight gain suggests an increased risk of getting it.

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