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Really worried about dh sudden weight loss

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minimumeffort Sat 30-Mar-13 00:09:41

My dh aged 32 has lost about 10kg in the last 4 months without really trying. He thinks he may have cut down on snacks and bread a bit but not enough to explain this large weight loss. He insists he feels fine other than this but has agreed to go to the doctors after Easter. I'm really worried as the main cause of this seems to ne cancer when I look online and was just wondering if anyone else has experienced something similar and what the cause was.

Sunnywithshowers Sat 30-Mar-13 00:19:59

Going to the doctor sounds like a great idea, minimum. There are other things that cause sudden weight loss (disclaimer - am not a doctor). Please do not google, you will only frighten yourself, hopefully unnecessarily.

PowerPants Sat 30-Mar-13 00:42:24

Could be thyroid, could be colitis, could be an infection, could be he's cut out more than he's realised. Honestly there are loads of reasons but do make him go to the GP.

Montybojangles Sat 30-Mar-13 10:12:23

Is he feeling thirsty, or peeing more than usual? If so he may have diabetes.

digerd Sat 30-Mar-13 10:43:26

Although affects more females than males, it could be an overactive Thyroid, which I had. 1st symptom was weight loss, then muscle weakness, trembling hands, bursting out into rages over nothing, sweating in the winter.
May affect men differently. And staring/bulging eyes, high pulse rate.

But curable.

minimumeffort Sun 31-Mar-13 00:37:16

Thank you all for your replies. Took dh to out of hours gp who did a urine and blood test and admitted him to hospital for the night for high blood sugar levels. The nurses were lovely but said they obviously couldn't make a diagnosis yet and said some blood test results should shed some lights on what's going on tomorrow. I'm half hoping its diabetes which isn't good but would at least give us a resonance for the weight loss and is better than most of the alternative causes. It's not very nice waiting for the results though.

Sunnywithshowers Sun 31-Mar-13 00:49:02

Fingers crossed it's something really treatable minimum. Big hugs xxx

PowerPants Sun 31-Mar-13 02:17:56

Well done for taking him in. It's horrible waiting. Hugs to you and your family. Hoping all will be well.

triplets Tue 02-Apr-13 00:37:21

Hi...........hoping you have had some reassuring news today xx

notmydog Wed 03-Apr-13 11:52:45

My DH (45) went through this last year. Very sudden weight loss but no other obvious diabetic symptoms, apart from severe tiredness and recurring bladder infections. He was diagnosed with Type 1.5 diabetes or Lada. He is on very low dosis of insulin and we've changed to a low-carb diet. He is able to control his blood sugars very well and feels so much better than a year ago. Good luck OP, I hope you've had some reassuring news.

minimumeffort Thu 04-Apr-13 23:23:17

Turns out its type 1 diabetes. Dh came out of hospital yesterday and is trying to learn how to control his blood sugars using insulin which is harder than it sounds! He is remaining very upbeat about the whole thing and although it is incurable we are very grateful its treatable.

Sunnywithshowers Thu 04-Apr-13 23:24:05

I'm not glad it's diabetes, but glad it's treatable. All the best to both of you x

sonsmum Fri 05-Apr-13 14:11:41

Glad you got an answer, but sorry to hear it is Type 1. I read your first post and on the weight loss comment my first thought was Type 1, but dismissed it as peeing/thirst wasn't mentioned. My 4 yr old has Type 1 and it is tricky to control in a young growing, developing person who doesn't yet understand about complications.
There is no known cause for Type 1 diabetes, it's autoimmune but noone knows the trigger.
You may find you need support yourself, as life changes forever when Type 1 arrives. However your DH will be lucky to have you as someone to keep an eye out for him, vigilence is crucial at night. My DS is only 4 but i already worry about when he has moved out of the house and who will be vigilent for him then.

Gosh there's a lot of it about! Ds2 was diagnosed with T1 last year (age 4) and then FIL got it too (age 60ish).

Think Like a Pancreas is an excellent, readable book that really explains a lot of the hard stuff about getting insulin to work for you.

And then the tome by Ragnar Hanas which covers everything. It does talk about children with T1 but the theory is all the same (and has some chapters on alcohol and such, so not all child-related!).

Is your dh on MDI? If they've got him on 2 injections a day of mixed insulin, tell him to kick up a fuss smile.

Montybojangles Sat 06-Apr-13 07:08:24

Please tell him not to get too stressed about getting his glucose "perfect" immediately. As long as its low enough to keep him well, then the rest is fine tuning and can take a little time. as the body adjusts to the fact that it's got insulin back on board, it kind of breathes a sigh of relief, switches out of survival mode, and the insulin requirements can go up and down a little initially (honeymoon phase en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeymoon_period_(diabetes) please have a quick read of this link to see why it might be a bit of a struggle at first).

www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Type-1-diabetes/

www.changingdiabetes.co.uk/website/content/living-with-diabtes/living-with-type-1/living-with-type-1.aspx

Some great info here in these links.
Good luck xxx

notmydog Mon 08-Apr-13 08:50:53

I have really found diabetes.co.uk a huge help. The forums are excellent, especially in the beginning when you have lots of questions. My DH got diagnosed in February last year and apart from changing to a low carb diet, our lives have not changed dramatically. We all eat healthier anyway. He is able to manage his glucose levels pretty well although it takes a while to get the insulin ratios right. It might be good to experiment with different kinds of carbs to see how it affects his blood sugar. My husband is fine with low GI bread, but has to up his insulin a lot when he has potatoes. Which we now only have as a treat maybe once a fortnight.
Good luck!

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