What are Symptoms of High Metabolism?

What are Symptoms of High Metabolism?

Most people hear the phrase “high metabolism”, and think it's a good thing. After all, you're losing weight, right? No, that's not right. In fact, it's very wrong. Hypermetabolism is a very serious problem, one that normally occurs after there has been significant injury or illness in a body. These include such things as sepsis, long bone fractures, and severe burns. So, what are the symptoms of a high metabolism? What should you be watching out for?

Sudden Weight Loss


Some weight loss after an injury or illness can be normal. After all, you'll likely be losing some muscle mass, and eating hospital food or other healthier fare doesn't really build fat. However, you shouldn't experience any kind of extreme weight loss that happens very suddenly and without warning. If you're doing nothing to merit the weight loss, or you lose an a large amount of weight in a short amount of time, you might have a high metabolism.



Fatigue is a common symptom of many illnesses, including those that can cause a high metabolism, as well as a high metabolism itself. Without other symptoms, fatigue normally isn't a sign of a high metabolism. If it is accompanied by other symptoms, it can become cause for concern. Look for someone who is already displaying some symptoms of hypermetabolism, then look to see if they're experiencing a great deal of fatigue. If they are, it could be high metabolism.



This one is hard to detect in people unless you're a medical professional. Anemia is simply a lack of iron in the blood. This can vary from very mild to very serious, and will likely require iron supplements to remedy. Most of the time, anemia manifests itself as weakness, listlessness, and, at times, paleness. Blood work will be done to determine if you are anemic. If this coincides with any other symptoms of high metabolism, that might be its cause.

Elevated Heart Rate


This is something that you will likely be able to feel for yourself. The heart rate for the average adult is between 70 and 100 beats per minute. Anything higher than that (or potentially even just higher than your normal heart rate, depending on your doctor) will be considered to be elevated. You can test this yourself by having someone time you for one minute, while you count your pulse. A device that measure heart rate can be helpful, as well.

Irregular Heartbeat


You're less likely to catch this one by yourself, because you can't really feel an irregular heartbeat. An irregular heartbeat is when your heart doesn't beat at a steady rhythm. Instead, it is, as the name suggests, irregular. One of the ways it might be picked up is by a medical professional listening to your heart. Another might be by using a device that can take your heart rate; they're normally able to pinpoint irregular heartbeats.

Having a high metabolism can be a dangerous thing. If you suspect that you have one, and haven't yet, seek medical treatment. Better safe than sorry!

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