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Weight gain

Also known as Obesity and Overweight

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be either an increase in muscle mass, fat deposits, or excess fluids such as water.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of weight gain are obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Other possible causes, such as hypothyroidism, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with weight gain often receive hematologic tests, complete physical skin exam performed (ml), glucose measurement, lipid panel, hemoglobin a1c measurement, mental health counseling, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation) and depression screen .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with weight gain include phentermine, phendimetrazine, sibutramine (meridia), amlodipine / valsartan, fluvoxamine (luvox), triiodothyronine (cytomel), amitriptyline / chlordiazepoxide, diethylpropion (tenuate), mexiletine, orlistat (alli), lovastatin / niacin, biotin and mycophenolic acid (myfortic) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for weight gain include age 5-14 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.2x
1-4 years
0.2x
5-14 years
1.6x
15-29 years
0.8x
30-44 years
1.4x
45-59 years
1.3x
60-74 years
0.9x
75+ years
0.4x

Sex

Male
0.7x
Female
1.2x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.8x
Hispanic
1.2x
White
1.0x
Other
0.8x
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