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There are two types of weight gain—normal and abnormal. Normal weight gain is usually caused by eating too much or exercising too little. It can also happen as you get older.
But abnormal weight gain has other causes. It can be caused by a problem with your thyroid gland, called hypothyroidism. Or it can be caused by a problem with your adrenal glands, called Cushing's syndrome. Or your body could be holding too much fluid because of kidney, liver, or heart problems. In some cases, a medicine you take can cause you to gain weight.
You can work with your doctor to find out the cause of your weight gain. You will probably need tests to do this.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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