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Why Weight gain (or loss) occurs in IC?

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            Maintaining a healthy and attractive weight throughout one’s life is a challenge that many people face. Those of them with IC however, have an additional challenge: Not only do the metabolic changes of aging cause extra pounds to appear, but also they may gain weight when they get IC. That hardly seems fair, does it? There are several reasons why IC patients may gain weight:

  1. First of all, the worse the bladder symptoms are, the more likely they tend to become a couch potato.
  2. When IC patients avoid foods that cause bladder symptom, they may inadvertently substitute other foods that are more fattening, or get lazy about eating a healthy diet. It takes effort and planning to eat a healthy diet and putting out the effort when you are hurting is hard to do.
  3. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness may negatively impact the self-image and also relationships with the people you care about. One may react to the diagnosis by becoming psychologically depressed.
  4. Lastly, some of the medications can contribute to a weight problem.


    Some of them Lose weight

          There are a few people who have a reverse problem: they lose weight after they get IC. Many high-fat and high-calorie prepared foods are real bladder-burners, so naturally when you avoid them you may lose weight. Some people may lose their appetite due to IC-associated psychological depression too.

          Remember that weight loss may also be a sign of a more serious health problem, so be sure to consult your doctor if you experience a sudden weight loss not connected to dietary change, your weight loss seems excessive, or if you are not able to control your weight loss.