Why Am I Losing Weight?

October 1, 2021
Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville - Lutherville, MD

Jeffrey Landsman, M.D., is a primary care provider at Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville. Board Certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics, Dr. Landsman diagnoses and treats a variety of common and complex acute and chronic conditions. He recently addressed questions from PARADE magazine regarding “Why Am I Losing Weight Without Trying?”

What are possible reasons someone could be losing weight without trying?

  1. Underlying undiagnosed medical condition (Examples: thyroid issues, uncontrolled diabetes, GI issues and cancer are problems that could lead to unintentional weight loss).

    - Get evaluated by your primary care provider for appropriate physical exam and laboratory testing to further evaluate your condition.

  2. Eating healthier, but not specifically dieting. Increased fiber, fruits and vegetables in diet. Decreased processed food.

    - Nothing needed for this except for being aware of recent changes.

  3. Side effect of a new medication. Many prescription medications may have a side effect of losing weight.

    - Review with your doctor to see if any of your medications can be causing unintentional weight loss.

--Jeffrey Landsman, M.D.

 Dr. Landsman diagnoses and treats such issues as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure and COPD. He offers annual physicals and immunizations, as well as routine exams and screenings. He also has an extensive background and interest in geriatric care, including managing mild cognitive impairment, dementia, polypharmacy, advanced care planning and other geriatric syndromes.


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About Mercy

Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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