A diabetes patient with diabetic neuropathy may experience weight loss. There are numerous mechanisms in diabetic neuropathy that can cause an individual to lose weight. Muscle weighs more then fat does, and reduced muscle use as a result of diabetic neuropathy can cause a significant loss in muscle size and tone. This loss equates to a loss of muscle weight in the body. In addition, a patient who has damage to the nerves that control digestion in the stomach and intestines can experience weight loss. This loss occurs because the food an individual consumes does not move through the digestive system when it should, stagnating and causing the patient to experience nausea, vomiting, and a loss of appetite. This means the individual being affected this way will not consume normal amounts of food on a regular basis as they should. Furthermore, diarrhea can also result from damage to the nerves that control food movement. A loss of fluids from diarrhea can cause a patient to lose weight.
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