Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 72-year-old man in good health. I have lost about 12 pounds in the past year, with no explanation. I’m 5 feet, 9 1/2 inches tall, and my morning weight has dropped from 166-168 pounds to 154-156 pounds. It is still slowly falling. I eat well, and I’ve exercised an hour every other day for 36 years. I’ve had on-and-off atrial fibrillation for 14 years, with two ablations, but since I began flecainide two years ago, no more episodes. I also take 10 mg simvastatin and 1,000 mg vitamin D3 daily.
My doctor did bloodwork and ordered a full CT scan, but found nothing. Since the pandemic began, I’ve been walking three miles every other day, alternating with my days on the stationary bike at home. The doctor thinks I may be burning more calories than I’m eating, but I doubt it.
Would you have