In Cachexia, one feels very much weight loss and muscle wasting. This is a sign of many chronic diseases, such as HIV, cancer, chronic renal failure, and multiple sclerosis.
The interaction of many different factors causes cachexia. One who is suffering from cachexia has abnormal levels of certain substances in one’s body. These imbalances cause weight loss and muscle wasting. increasing metabolism and the spending of energy causing inflammation increasing the breakdown of muscle preventing muscle growth.
It is important to understand that cachexia is more than weight loss—it’s an involuntary weight loss that does not respond to traditional treatment methods.
Current therapy for cachexia includes:
- Appetite stimulants such as megestrol acetate (Megace)
- Drugs, such as dronabinol (Marinol), to improve nausea, appetite, and mood.
- Medications that decrease inflammation.
- Diet changes, nutritional supplements.
- Adapted exercise.