Increased Appetite: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatments
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What causes increased appetite? 19 possible conditions

If you want to eat more often or in larger quantities than you’re used to, your appetite has increased. If you eat more than your body requires, it leads to weight gain. It’s normal to have an increased appetite after physical exertion or some other... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.



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Diabetes Overview

Diabetes is a group of chronic metabolic diseases caused by defects in insulin production or function. Advanced diabetes may cause stomach pain, nausea, dizziness, and cramps.

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Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a potentially dangerous condition that's most common in people with diabetes. Learn what causes it and how to prevent it.

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Depression Overview

Depression is a mood disorder that can cause extreme and persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. Depression type largely determines what kind of medical treatment is best.

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Learn more about anxiety with this overview of anxiety disorders.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression. People affected by SAD display symptoms of depression at the same time every year, typically during the fall and winter months. According to the America...

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Bulimia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder. Read about the symptoms and treatment options.

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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression affects as many as 13 percent of new mothers. In the U.S., that's half a million women. Learn about symptoms, causes, risks, and more.

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Graves' Disease

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes your thyroid gland to create too much thyroid hormone. Learn the symptoms and your treatment options.

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The thyroid gland produces a hormone that controls how your cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the body produces excessive amounts.

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Glucagonoma is a form of pancreatic cancer that produces excessive levels of glucagon, which works with insulin to regulate blood sugar.

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Gestational Diabetes

During pregnancy, you might develop high levels of blood sugar. Learn how this condition, known as gestational diabetes mellitus, is diagnosed and treated.

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Marijuana Dependence

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Uncontrollable or overly frequent marijuana consumption may indicate abuse or addiction.

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Type 2 Diabetes Overview

Type 2 diabetes is a common chronic metabolic disease that leads to abnormally high levels of blood sugar in the blood. This blood sugar is also referred to as glucose.

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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that result high levels of glucose in the blood due to a lack of insulin production. Glucose is a natural sugar that your body uses as a source of energy.

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There are many symptoms of HIV/AIDS, including persistent skin rashes, night sweats, and mouth sores.

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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis causes severe damage to the respiratory and digestive systems. Learn about its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

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The Deadly Potential of Digitalis: Digitalis Toxicity

Digitalis toxicity occurs when you take too much digitalis, a medication used to treat heart conditions.

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Nicotine Dependence

Nicotine addiction occurs when a person becomes addicted to nicotine, which is a chemical found in tobacco. The addiction is physical, mental, and behavioral.

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