How Lyme Disease Affects Weight

Lyme disease is a chronic and untreatable condition that is spread through ticks and other parasites. Named after the town in Connecticut in which it was first documented, this disease is reason enough to double check that you don’t have any ticks, fleas or other outdoor parasites after making a trip through the forest. Lyme disease is manageable through a variety of different medicines and procedures, but the condition itself is permanent.

Unfortunately for the purposes of using it as a symptom, weight gain and weight loss are both common affects of Lyme disease. Much more common, however, is chronic and steady weight gain. Although it is not clear exactly how the disease affects these changes in your body, doctors have a general idea about the causes of weight fluctuation as a result of Lyme disease.

Lyme Disease and Weight Gain

More often than not, if Lyme disease contributes to any change whatsoever in weight, it will likely lead to a period of weight gain. Generally speaking, this occurs because the Lyme disease pathogens affect the metabolic systems in your body. As the speed of your metabolism changes, it typically takes longer and longer to process the food that you eat. This means that excess food is stored by default as fat content throughout the rest of your body. If you fail to adjust your diet accordingly, as many people do, the Lyme disease changes to your metabolism will cause your weight levels to rise.

Lyme Disease and Weight Loss

Lyme disease can also lead to weight loss in some patients. It is believed that the cause of this weight loss is generally the same as the cause of the weight gain in that it is affected by a shift in metabolism. However, the total cause of the change and why it is in different polarities for certain people is not yet fully understood. Most often, Lyme disease will contribute to a more minor loss of weight than it will contribute to an increase in total weight.

Other Considerations

Lyme disease is a manageable disease, but it’s important that you know how to properly adjust your metabolism and the foods that you eat accordingly. After your diagnosis, work with your doctor to examine how your weight has changed and what you can do to stabilize yourself at a healthy weight. This may involve certain dietary changes, including incorporating specific foods that help to either speed up or slow down your metabolism. It may also involve adding to or eliminating from the total calories that you generally ingest as a natural course for your meals. Through careful planning of this type and steady maintenance of a preplanned and well thought out diet structure, you can beat the metabolic changes that may come about in your body as a result of Lyme disease and maintain a healthy weight and a normal lifestyle. Ask your doctor for more information.


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