weight loss

  • LET’S STIMULATE YOUR APPETITE

    Many patients I work with in the hospital tell me that they are not eating due to lack of appetite.  Decreased appetite can lead to unintentional weight loss in older adults.  Loss appetite can have many causes, some directly related to aging and others are not. As we age our sense of smell and taste change.  If food doesn’t taste or smell good, our desire to eat may decline.  Older adults often have early satiety, and feel full after eating only small amounts.  Constipation can also make a person feel full even if they haven’t eaten recently.  Additionally, medications can decrease appetite and alter taste. Individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s may just not remember they need to eat.  Many older adults are also less active which can be a contributing factor. Continue reading

  • What is Malnutrition? What Are Risk Factors/Causes?

    Malnutrition is a very prevalent condition resulting from an incomplete diet. There are several indicators of malnutrition including weight loss and declined protein status. General malnutrition often develops slowly, over months or years. As the stores of nutrients in the body are depleted, changes begin to happen at the cellular level and biochemical processes are affected. Protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals are necessary components of every diet. When a diet is incomplete in any category, malnutrition can occur. Symptoms vary with the specific malnutrition-related disorder.  Early symptoms include fatigue, irritability and lethargy. As protein deprivation continues, growth failure, loss of muscle mass, generalized swelling (edema) and decreased immunity occur. Continue reading

  • Reduced Calorie

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