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A bloated belly is often related to diet, but sometimes more serious conditions could be a factor.

You could have Crohn's disease

You could have Crohn's disease
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If you’re dropping weight, feel nauseous, are vomiting, have a fever, and are bloated, doctors may worry about Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, says Dr. Burakoff.

The condition can be mild or severe—it’s best to check in with your physician if you’re noticing a slew of symptoms in addition to bloating.

In rare cases, bloating can be a sign of cancer

In rare cases, bloating can be a sign of cancer
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While bloating is likely related to something completely normal and treatable, when accompanied by symptoms like blood in the stool or weight loss, experts do consider more serious diseases like pancreatic, ovarian, or stomach cancer, says Dr. Sam.

But before you let your mind wander (and end up in a WebMD panic attack), consider your lifestyle and make a real-life appointment to play things safe.

Let a doctor—not a website—make that decision for you.

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