What Should I Expect With a Decreased Appetite?A loss of appetite might be temporary, and your normal appetite may return once the illness starts to improve or is treated. For some people, a decreased appetite will lead to excessive weight loss and will need to be treated by increasing calorie intake. This can be done by adding several small but nutritious meals throughout the day, or adding liquid protein drinks to your diet, although before you decide to do this, talk to your healthcare provider.
But Sometimes, Loss of Appetite Needs Further Investigation
In some situations, a decreased appetite can be a clue that something more serious is happening, and additional tests or examinations will be necessary. It's important to let your doctor know if you start experiencing a loss of appetite, especially if you already have chronic hepatitis.
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