Nutrition Q&A: Diabetes may cause weight loss

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Dear Madam,I am santosh and my age is 38 years, gender-male and married, my weight is 42 kg. only. Since almost ten years I have not gained weight instead lost some 5 kg., being economically very poor I can not afford medical expenses that is why never gone to show the doctor, somewhere I feel I am suffering from diabities because all the symptoms of this disease are very evident in me, pls. advise me how I can improve my health and lead a healthy life.

Santosh, if you feel you have diabetes then you need to see a doctor and get proper treatment. You may be losing weight due to diabetes. Without out doing a full blood test or checking for underlying illness it is not recommended to increase food intake especially if you suspect diabetes.Any government hospital will be able to help you at minimal cost. If you are a smoker please stop smoking. Smoking prevents weight gain.

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