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Underweight

Underweight is a term describing a human whose body weight is considered too low to be healthy. The definition usually refers to people with a body mass index (BMI) of under 18.5 or a weight 15% to 20% below that normal for their age and height group.

Source: Wikipedia

What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with underweight often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, complete physical skin exam performed (ml), rectal examination, referral to home health care service, depression screen, examination of foot and hemoglobin a1c measurement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with underweight include multivitamin preparation (multivitamin), ergocalciferol, tipranavir, enfuvirtide (fuzeon), dapsone, guanfacine (intuniv), lisdexamfetamine (vyvanse), emtricitabine-tenofovir, ritonavir (norvir), eszopiclone (lunesta), epinephrine, duloxetine (cymbalta) and folic acid .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for underweight include age 5-14 years, race/ethnicity = black, age 15-29 years and age < 1 years. On the other hand, age 75+ years, age 60-74 years, and age 45-59 years almost never get underweight.

Age

< 1 years
2.5x
1-4 years
1.3x
5-14 years
4.4x
15-29 years
1.6x
30-44 years
0.8x
45-59 years
0.0x
60-74 years
0.0x
75+ years
0.0x

Sex

Male
1.4x
Female
0.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
2.0x
Hispanic
1.1x
White
0.8x
Other
0.1x
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