Weight loss


Dear Stephen,
I understand that unexplained weight loss is one of the symptoms of lyme borreliosis. I’m trying to understand why the weight loss. Is it due to collagen tissue breakdown? Or is it something else going on in the body? Thank you.


Stephen’s response:
It could be a number of things. It is not uncommon for people with a long term chronic illness to lose weight as much of the body’s energy is going into fighting the disease instead of building tissue; the disease acts like an energy drain from more healthy functions.
It may also be, because lyme can invade the GI tract, that GI tract problems have occurred for you from your lyme infection. In some instances the membrane of the GI tract malfunctions and cannot pass nutrients with much efficiency. The result is that even though someone is eating food it is not being metabolized very well.
I doubt that it is merely from collagen breakdown. Hope this helps a bit.
Stephen
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posted on September 5, 2008 in Symptoms, weight
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